Block loses first-round game 3-1, Thurs.

Published 12:01 am Friday, April 29, 2011

DONALDSONVILLE, La. — Ascension Catholic pitcher Adam Falcon pitched six scoreless innings and Alex Oliver hit a key, run-scoring double in the bottom of the third inning as the Bulldogs defeated the Block Bears 3-1 Thursday afternoon.

In this LHSAA Class 1A bi-district round playoff game, Falcon held 25th-seeded Block to just five hits, struck out four and walked only one batter in a complete-game performance for eighth-seeded Ascension Catholic.

Three of those hits came off the bat of Vashawn Davis, including an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.

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Despite being charged with the loss, Duncan had a solid performance. In six innings, he allowed six hits, struck out one, walked one and hit one batter. The one error the Bears made did not hurt them.

“Both pitchers did really good. Chase did an excellent job. When he got behind in the count, he had to throw strikes and that’s where they got their base hits,” Block head coach Stevie McCarthy said.

And that’s how the Bulldogs scored their three runs. In the bottom of the third, they scored on an RBI single and Oliver’s RBI double. They scored in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single.

Block, on the other hand, could not take advantage of the scoring opportunities when it had them.

“The difference was they got the base hits. We left five on base. Just couldn’t get the base hit when we needed it,” McCarthy said. “All year, I’ve been preaching to them, we’ve got to play all game. We played all game. We just came up short.”

McCarthy not only praised Duncan for keeping the Bears in the game, but the defense as well. Especially centerfielder Preston Bowman, who caught five fly balls that were hit his way.

Even though Block’s season ended in the first round of the playoffs and with an 11-13 overall record, McCarthy was pleased with how the team played.

“They had their ups and downs. But as a team, they came together at the right time. They were wanting to win for the seniors. We had five seniors,” McCarthy said.

Simpson 11, Monterey 3

SIMPSON, La. — The Monterey Wolves saw their season come to an end Thursday afternoon in the bi-district round of the LHSAA Class B Playoffs as they fell to the Simpson Broncos.

However, the final score didn’t reflect how long Monterey, the No. 27 seed, stayed in this game against No. 6 seed Simpson on the road.

“Simpson’s a really good. They’re solid one through nine. They hit the ball well and they were aggressive,” Monterey head coach Eric Richard said. “I thought we hung around in the game and gave ourselves a chance. We just didn’t get a hit when we needed on. We didn’t make a play defensively when we needed one.”

Brett Wright went 2-for-4 and Hunter Frye provided all of Monterey’s scoring with a three-run home run. Monterey trailed Simpson 7-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before the Broncos scored four runs to put the game away.

“They’re not the sixth seed in Class B for nothing,” Richard said.

Monterey finished it season with an 8-14 record.