Block falls 10-0 to St. Mary
JONESVILLE, La. — Block pitcher Chase Duncan did a good job of keeping his team in the game against District 3-1A opponent and top-ranked St. Mary for four innings.
But there were two problems. The Bears’ bats couldn’t bring any runs in against opposing pitcher Steck Merritt. And then Duncan himself ran into trouble in the top of the fifth inning, which led to three game-changing home runs.
And that allowed the Tigers to roll to an impressive 10-0 win to stay undefeated in district play. On the other hand, Block will have some work to do to get back among the top teams in 3-1A.
William Townsend and Roger Baiks each hit solo home runs while John Matthews hit a two-run shot during a five-run rally in the top of the fifth inning that gave St. Mary a commanding 7-0 lead.
“We would get behind in the count and we would have to throw it over the plate. That’s how they got their home runs,” Block head coach Stevie McCarthy said. “But Chase did a good job with nine strikeouts. Just had that one bad inning with that fifth inning.”
It’s rare for a pitcher to pitch a complete game, strike out that many batters, give up three home runs in one inning and four in one game. But that was the outing that Duncan ended up having. He ended up allowing seven hits, walked five and hit three batters.
Duncan also gave up a solo home run to Townsend in the top of the seventh that made it a 10-0 ball game.
Merritt also went the distance and was a lot more effective and more in control of his pitches. He allowed just two hits, struck out four, hit one batter and walked none.
“He kept us off balance with the curveball and he’s got a good fastball. We couldn’t get connected with the curveball and he was throwing it for strikes,” McCarthy said. “We hit the ball today, but it was right to them. They’ve got a real good defensive team.”
St. Mary (15-3, 4-0) scored one run in each of the first two innings, which was more than enough run support for Merritt. Matthews ended up going 2-for-4 while Townsend went 2-for-5.
Block (8-9, 1-2) plays at Montgomery next Monday at 4 p.m.
Glenmora 10, Monterey 0
GLENMORA, La. — The Monterey Wolves were shut out by the Glenmora Wildcats in a District 6-B game that, despite the final score, actually went all seven innings Thursday afternoon.
Monterey fell to 4-10 overall and 1-5 in district play. The Wolves play at Grace Christian Saturday with the junior varsity game at 12:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 2 p.m.