Tensas falls to Prarie View

Published 9:34 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2007

ST. JOSEPH — The Tensas Academy Chiefs played one of their best games of the season and pushed Class AA Prairie View to the limit, but the Spartans held on for a 9-6 win Monday afternoon.

Tensas ended up with 11 hits, the same as Prairie View, and committed just three errors in one of its best defensive efforts of the season. But too many walks by the Chiefs was the difference.

“We had six walks. Those walks came in front of the folks who hit the ball,” Tensas head coach Taylor Grayson said. “(Colby) Gilbert, a couple of times we had him two strikes and we hit him. Once was with two outs.”

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The Chiefs scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, but their 1-0 lead was gone in the top of the second when the Spartans scored four runs. After the Chiefs cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the second, the Spartans answered with two runs of the their own in the top of the third.

Whether Prairie View was looking ahead to its District 4-AA series with top-ranked and district-leading Porter’s Chapel or not, Tensas (1-10) made a game of it by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth and one in the bottom of the fifth and just like that the score was 7-5.

“I was pleased,” Grayson said. “We’re a young team. We have only one senior and one junior who start all the time.”

But any chance of an upset win by Tensas was put to an end when Prairie View scored two runs in the top of the seventh.

Block 8, Harrisonburg 3

JONESVILLE — Even though Block’s district game at Northwood-Lena was postponed, Block still got to play a game against Catahoula Parish rival Harrisonburg Monday afternoon, which resulted in a much-needed win for the Bears.

Winning pitcher John Davis, Curdarrious Johnson and Ethan Trisler combined on a no-hitter. They combined to strike out six and walk five batters, which was the only thing that went wrong for Block in this game.

“All three of their guys that scored for them were walks,” Block head coach Scott Green said.

After the Bulldogs scored one run in the top of the third inning to make it a 2-2 game, Block took the lead for good by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third and put the game out of reach with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Davis pitched the first three innings for Block (7-11) and allowed two runs while Johnson pitched the next two innings and Trisler pitched the last two innings and allowed one run.

Christopher McCarthy went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Trisler was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Monterey 15, Kilbourne 1

KILBOURNE, La. — Once the first inning was over, Monterey asserted itself at the plate as the Wolves scored in three of the final four innings as they annihilated the Hawks Monday afternoon in a District 3-B game.

It also helped Monterey (2-1 in District 3-B) that Trey King had a solid performance on the mound as he held Kilbourne to just five hits while not giving up a run until the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Wolves scored six runs in the top of the second inning and that was all the help that King would need. The Hawks, on the other hand, were not able to take advantage of three errors.

Monterey then scored four runs in the top of the fourth and put the mercy rule in effect with five runs in the top of the fifth. Kilbourne (0-3 in District 3-B) tried to keep the game going in the bottom of the fifth, but came up well short.

Landon White went 2-for-3 with a double, the only extra-base hit of the entire game, and Ross Lipsey was 2-for-4 s the Wolves finished with 10 hits.

Oak Forest 6, WCCA 1

AMITE, La. — Oak Forest right-handed pitcher Brock Banos may be just a sophomore, but at 6-1 he is a big presence for the Yellow Jackets on the mound.

WCCA found out first hand Monday night just how good Banos is as he held the Rams to just one run on two hits in a complete-game performance to lead the Yellow Jackets to the win.

Oak Forest (6-7) led just 1-0 after two and a half innings, but a three-run rally in the bottom of the third inning gave the Yellow Jackets a 4-0 lead. But the way Banos was pitching, he didn’t need too much of a lead to work with.

WCCA (7-10) finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning, but that was after Oak Forest had scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 6-0 lead.