Missed opportunities plague Concordia 10-year-olds in 9-4 loss

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Morehouse’s Ross Powell tags out Concordia’s Jacob Hawkins Monday night during the District 5 10-year-old All-Stars tournament in Vidalia. Morehouse’s 9-4 win eliminated Concordia Parish from the tournament.

vidalia — A collection of early missed opportunities added up for the Concordia Parish 10-year-old All-Star team Monday night.

The Concordia 10s sent 18 batters to the plate in the first three innings of play, 12 of them reached base but only one of them came around to score.

In contrast, Morehouse Parish struggled to get anything going against Concordia starter Quaveon Turner until the bottom of the third inning when Morehouse exploded for six runs on three hits and three walks.

Ben Hillyer | The Natchez Democrat — Morehouse’s Brayden Spigner slides safely to third base before Concordia’s Trey Johnson can make the tag.

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The 6-1 deficit after three innings was too much for Concordia to overcome, and the team was eliminated from the District 5 Tournament with a 9-4 loss.

“The first few innings lost it for us,” Concordia head coach Christal McGlothin said. “Base running in the first and second inning cost us runners. We played a heck of a game and kept it close thought. It was a good game.”

The Concordia 10s had a big chance in the first inning to start the game with a bang. The first five batters of the inning reached. Jacob Hawkins singled to start the game, and the next four batters all walked. But none of the five managed to score. Hawkins was caught stealing second, Trey Johnson was picked off first and Travian Jordan struck out with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Concordia threatened again in the second inning with runners on second and third and no outs. But Morehouse pitcher Mason Rogers struck out three-straight batters to end the inning.

Concordia finally made its offensive efforts pay off with a run in the top of the third. Xavier Washington led the inning off with a single, and he later scored on an RBI-walk by Johnson. But Concordia again left the bases loaded and failed to add to its 1-0 lead.

Morehouse took control of the game in the bottom of the third with its six-run outburst. Ross Powell and Grant Mangrum highlighted the inning with back-to-back doubles.

Concordia fought back in the top of the fourth. Dominik Harveston and Turner walked to lead off the inning. Each came around to score on an error. Hawkins, who reached on the error, came around to score on a RBI-single by Trey Gill.

Gill finished 2-for-3 in the game with a double. Hawkins went 2-for-4.

Morehouse added a run in the bottom of the fourth to increase the lead to 7-4. Morehouse then used three hits, two walks and an error to score two more in the bottom of the fifth.

Gill’s double in the top of the sixth gave Concordia some life, but the rally fizzled, and Morehouse hung on for the five-run victory.

McGlothin said her team was disappointed after losing the elimination game, but she was proud because her players played hard.

“I told them they are all still All-Stars in my heart,” she said. “We’re really proud of them.”