Block knocks off Logansport

Published 12:05 am Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 16th-seeded Block Bears pulled off the biggest upset of the LHSAA Class 1A Playoffs Friday afternoon as they went on the road and stunned the top-seeded Logansport Tigers 19-11 in a regional round contest.

After Logansport scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it an 11-9 game, Block responded with eight runs in the top of the seventh to essentially put the game away.The Bears pounded out 16 hits in the game while the Tigers were held to just five hits.

“It was a team effort. Everybody was hitting the ball,” Block head coach Stevie McCarthy said. “They went through four pitchers. They were throwing strikes, but we were hitting the ball.”

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Kevin O’Steen went 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Casey Phipps was 4-for-5 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Elton Mayes was 3-for-4 with and a double and three RBIs while Jacob Edwards was 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Brennan Lippman got the win for the Bears after going 5.1 innings. He gave up no earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

“Brennan, he dominated for five innings. He did a great job. He got tired at the end,” McCarthy said. “Edwards pitched to four batters. Then Zorian Bowie closed it out.”

Block (11-15) advanced to the quarterfinals and will be on the road next week against the winner of the game between No. 9 seed Oberlin and No. 8 seed Merryville.

Oak Hill 13, Monterey 2

HINESTON, La. — The fourth-seeded Oak Hill Rams needed just five innings to end Monterey’s season as they took care of the 20th-seeded Wolves 13-2 Friday afternoon in the regional round of the LHSAA Class B Playoffs.

Monterey head coach Eric Richard said the wind was not a factor, but a combination of Oak Hill’s bats and defensive miscues by the Wolves was.

“They hit the ball hard. We made too many defensive mistakes to be able to compete with them. You can’t give a team that good that many extra outs,” Richard said. “We had to play almost a completely clean defensive game to compete with them.”

And while Oak Hill (18-10) took advantage of Monterey’s errors, the Wolves were not able to capitalize on their own scoring opportunities.

“We had six or seven hits. We had a kid thrown out at (home) plate. We left some runners out there,” Richard said.

Monterey finished with an overall record of 6-16.


Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Baseball State Tournament

Class 1A — Regional Round

(No. 16 seed) BLOCK 19, (No. 1 seed) LOGANSPORT 11

BHS 324 020 8 — 19   16   6
LHS 201 015 2 — 11     5   7

WP — Brennan Lippman (5 1/3 IP, 7 runs [0 ER], 3 hits, 7 Ks, 3 BBs, 3 HBs)

LP — Tyler Cox (1 IP, 4 runs [3 ER], 3 hits, 0 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HB)

3B — BHS: Chris Holmes, Kevin O’Steen, Casey Phipps.

2B — BHS: Jacob Edwards 2, Elton Mayes, Phipps. LHS: Cox.

MH — BHS: O’Steen 3-3 (3 RBIs, 2 runs scored), Phipps 4-5 (3 RBIs, 2 runs scored), Mayes 3-4 (3 RBIs), Edwards 2-5 (2 RBIs, 2 runs scored), Holmes 2-5 (1 RBI, 2 runs scored). LHS: Holden Honaker 2-5 (2 runs scored).

RECORDS — BHS: 11-15. LHS: 25-8 (Season over).

NEXT — BHS: LHSAA Class 1A Quarterfinals, at Oberlin/Merryville winner, Day and Time TBD.

Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Baseball State Tournament

Class B — Regional Round

(No. 4 seed) OAK HILL 13, (No. 20 seed) MONTEREY 2 (5 innings)

LP — Matthew Womack

2B — MHS: Jarett Cooper, Cooper Roach.

1B — MHS: Reed Richard 2 (2 RBIs).

RECORDS — MHS: 6-16 (End Season).