Monterey High School baseball out of state playoffs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ANACOCO, La. — The Monterey High School Wolves and the Anacoco High School Indians didn’t exactly enter the 2018 LHSAA Class B Baseball State Playoffs with particularly stellar records.

Monterey, the No. 20 seed, came in with a 4-16 record while Anacoco got the No. 13 seed despite a record of 6-18.

But it was the more experienced Indians that prevailed as they took advantage of some defensive miscues by the Wolves to take a 7-2 victory Tuesday afternoon and advance to the regional round against No. 4 seed Choudrant.

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“The difference in the game was we had three errors that they scored on,” Monterey head coach Patrick Wells said.

Monterey scored two runs off starting and eventual winning pitcher Hunter Rabalais in the top of the first inning. But Rabalais settled down and pitched six straight scoreless innings.

And he got all the run support he needed in the early innings of this game. Anacoco (7-18) scored two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 2-2 and then the Indians plated two runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good.

“Our starting pitcher, Ethan Clark, had four innings with two earned runs. He battled today. He’s a freshman,” Wells said. “Cameron King stepped on the mound to close it out and do what he did.”

The Indians scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth off King to take a 7-2 lead.

Monterey finished with seven hits and left three batters stranded. Taylor Ferris led the way for the Wolves, going 2-for-3. Clark, Hayden Arcemont, Cameron King, Kerry King and Mason Wells each had a base hit.

“We’re only losing one player who’s a senior. We have no juniors. We just need the younger players to step up. The future looks good for us the next two years,” Wells said.

Monterey finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 4-17.