WCCA Rams lose in stunner

Published 12:20 am Tuesday, April 15, 2008

From staff reports

MINDEN, La. — Wilkinson County Christian Academy had a 3-1 lead and was just three outs away from advancing to the championship game of the MPSA District 6-A Tournament.

But in the top of the seventh inning, the Rams unraveled and committed a couple of costly miscues that eventually led to three Riverdale runs as the Rebels wound up going to the title game with a stunning 4-3 win at Glenbrook School Monday afternoon.

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“The top of the seventh, they came through with three runs. We had two errors that extended the inning for them,” WCCA head coach Ray Olive said.

WCCA (16-9) scored two runs off the Riverdale pitcher Bass in the bottom of the first inning. However, Rebel pitching did its part to keep the Rebels in the game by holding the Rams to just one run in the final six innings. The Rams managed just five hits off him in seven innings.

Brennan Bush went 2-for-3 with a double and Lane McCarty also went 2-for-3 to lead the Rams. Riverdale was led by C. Warren, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles.

“We did not hit the ball well today. A lot of pop-ups,” Olive said. “Their pitcher did a good job keeping us off-balanced. We had our opportunities, but we couldn’t take advantage of their (four) errors.”

Sutton Olive pitched the first four innings for WCCA, allowing one run on three hits. Brandon Simon went the final three innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits.

“Simon did an excellent job pitching,” Olive said.

Riverdale, the West sub-District 6-A No. 2 seed, will take on West sub-District 6-A No. 1 seed Glenbrook for the championship today at 4 p.m. Before that, WCCA, the East sub-District 6-A No. 1 seed, will have to defeat East sub-District 6-A No. 2 seed Franklin Academy in the third-place to keep its season alive.

The winner of the Franklin Academy-WCCA game will then have to take on third-place teams from Districts 4 and 5 in a round-robin series on a neutral field Friday to determine the two wild-card slots for the Class A South State Tournament.

Vidalia 10, Bolton 1

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Trey Barnes hit two home runs and Mason Ozburn allowed just one run in seven innings as the Vikings defeated the Bears at Bringhurst Park Monday afternoon to clinch a berth in the Class 3A playoffs.

Vidalia improved to 15-6 overall and 7-2 in District 3-3A. If the Vikings win at home against Avoyelles on Thursday, then they will clinch a share of the district championship with Marksville.

Centreville 4, Bowling Green 2

FRANKLINTON, La. — Kyle Brown pitched six scoreless innings to help Centreville overcome four errors as the Tigers rallied late to defeat the Buccaneers Monday night in MPSA District 5-AA action.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Bowling Green (4-9 in District 5-AA) struck first with two runs. However, Centreville (8-16, 8-5) responded with four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead. Brown then preserved that lead on the mound in the final two innings.

Hunter Devall had a double for the Tigers, who only had four hits in the game off losing pitcher Jake Milton. Lockhart led the Buccaneers at the plate by going 3-for-3 with a double.