Concordia 10s use big 8th to advance

Published 12:02 am Monday, July 7, 2014

Vidalia — Concordia 10-year-old All-Stars coach Justin Gregg saw exactly what he wanted from his hot swinging team when they rallied in extra innings to defeated Catahoula 12-7 Sunday in the Louisiana District 5 tournament.

The elimination game allowed Concordia to see another day and face the Delhi All-stars at 6 p.m. today.

Concordia got off to a good start, leading Catahoula 2-0 in the second inning, but they saw that lead disappear into thin air in the bottom of the second when Jacob Bradford doubled to bring in Hayden Alexander and Zavion Green.

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Gary Stevenson grabbed the 3-2 lead for Catahoula when he slid home on a passed ball by pitcher Peyton Roberts.

Catahoula extended that lead in the bottom of the third inning when Conner Aplin singled and brought Dexture Jefferson home, 4-2.

Concordia evened up the score 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning as it capitalized on Catahoula’s errors and Adam Eames scored on a passed ball and, later, Preston Higgins came home on Garren Patt’s single.

Both pitchers buckled down the remainder of regulation. Concordia’s Ethan Clark replaced Roberts, and Catahoula’s Jefferson, who pitched seven innings, both came up big for their teams.

Clark recorded nine strikeouts in five innings, and Jefferson came away with 16 strikeouts in seven innings.

Gregg said they had a tough evening against Jefferson.

“The strike zone was wide open and the outside corner ate us alive,” Gregg said. “They were calling strikes six inches off the plate, it was tough getting adjusted.”

The difference came in the top of the eighth inning when Catahoula replaced Jefferson with Aplin at the mound, and Concordia scored eight runs to come away with the ball game.

Ty Ty Milligan was the first and last player to touch home plate for Concordia, and Gregg said Milligan sparked a fire under his team early in the top of the eighth.

“I told them we’re going to go home if we don’t win and our lead off hitter Milligan got on base and stole all the way home, and it sparked something in us,” Gregg said.

Concordia ended the inning ahead 12-4, and though they allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth, it wasn’t nearly enough for Catahoula to stay in the game.

Gregg said it was good to see his team playing the way he knew they could, and he hopes they keep their momentum going against Delhi today in another elimination game.

“Its always good to win, but each game is a different situation with different pitchers,” Gregg said. “Hopefully they’ll carry this over to (today).”