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Block defeats Monterey on diamond

JONESVILLE — Chase Duncan allowed just three hits in five innings and helped his own cause by going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles as the Block Bears defeated the Monterey Wolves 13-5 Saturday afternoon at the Block Tournament for their first win of the season.

Despite having its own hitting woes at the plate, Monterey was able to score four runs in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 13-5 game and keep itself from being 10-run ruled. Block went into the fourth with a commanding 13-1 lead.

The Wolves’ only hits in this game were a double by losing pitcher Tyler Trent and a pair of singles from Hunter Frye. Yet somehow they scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning.

Block took the lead for good by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning and wasted no time in putting the game completely out of reach. Led by Duncan, Ryan Paulk and Vashawn Davis, the Bears scored eight runs in the bottom of the second to give themselves a 10-1 lead. They added three more runs in the bottom of the third.

Paulk went 2-for-3 with a triple and Davis was 3-for-3 with a double. Will Hawthorne also went 3-for-3.

Block (1-2) plays at Grace Christian in Alexandria, La., Monday at 4 p.m.

In Monterey’s second game of the day, the Wolves lost to the Buckeye Panthers. No information on that game was available. Monterey will hit the road to take on Jonesboro-Hodge at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Caldwell Parish 6, Vidalia 1

MANGHAM, La. — The only mistake Caldwell Parish pitcher Jeff Buff made was the home run he gave up to Vidalia’s Devin Barnes in the top of the sixth inning.

Of course, that was one of just three hits Buff allowed in a complete-game performance as the Spartans defeated the Vikings Saturday at the Mangham Tournament.

Coming off a wild 9-7 win over Downsville Friday night in which Vidalia had 13 hits, the Vikings couldn’t even come close to duplicating that kind of offensive output. Buff made sure of that by keeping the Vikings off balanced. The Spartans gave him all the help he needed by scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning. They would go on to score three more runs just an inning later and two more in the bottom of the fifth.

Vidalia (2-1) plays at West Feliciana next Tuesday.

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