BASTROP – Call it seventh heaven for head coach Greg Clark and his young Glenbrook team.
The Apaches, who won the opening game of a three-game series with Prairie View Academy 3-2 on Tuesday, lost the first game of a road doubleheader 11-3 Friday night to set-up a decisive game three.
In the rubber match, Glenbrook (6-7, 2-1) trailed 7-9 entering the seventh inning. Down to their final out, it appeared the Apaches were going to let the series slip through their fingers, but a six-run frame sent Glenbrook into a blissful celebration.
The hour and 40 minute drive home certainly feels better with a 2-1 series win in your pocket.
Trailing by five runs in the top of the fourth inning, Glenbrook struck for four runs, slashing the PVA lead to 6-5. Unphased by the Apache rally, the
Spartans pushed three more runs across over the fifth and sixth innings to answer two Glenbrook runs in the sixth.
Brandon Merritt singled to start the seventh-inning rally, but back-to-back outs put the Apaches backs firmly against the wall. With Merrit moving to second on a stolen base, Cade Clemons delivered a double to score a run and keep Glenbrook alive; Cameron Barnett followed with a double to score Clemons.
Seth Gauthier reached base on error for Glenbrook, bringing up Nick Mourad with runners at third and first. Mourad, who had already crushed a towering home run to left field in game one of the doubleheader, came through for Glenbrook with an RBI single, scoring Barnett from third base to give the Apaches the lead at 10-9.
Parker Christy and Mason Hood each delivered RBI singles following the go-ahead hit to cushion Glenbrook’s lead and seal the series victory.
Hood (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Glenbrook, tossing five innings in relief of starter Jonathan Parkerson. Hood struck out five batters, allowed six hits and gave up five runs.
Clemons led Glenbrook going 3-5 with a double and two singles (RBI); Christy and Hood each finished 2-4 with two singles and three RBIs. Merritt finished 3-5 with three singles and Mourad finished 2-5 with two singles, including the go-ahead RBI.
Natchitoches Tournament Scores
Minden 12, Southwood 7
NATCHITOCHES – The Crimson Tide blew open a one-run game with a four-run seventh inning to defeat the Southwood Cowboys Friday afternoon.
The 12-7 victory was spearheaded by the heart of Minden’s lineup, with Hunter Wilkes, Matt Eskew and Camron Dollar all coming through with RBI singles for the Tide. Breylan Kemp didn’t record a hit, but did add two RBIs on the day for Minden; Trevor McLean added an RBI single as well and Rodney Johnson singled.
Jeffrey Melton was the winning pitcher for Minden, striking out two batters.
Minden 4, Alexandria 8
Both teams struck for three runs in the first inning, but only ASH could continue their scoring as the Tide faded down the stretch against a good Trojans team.
Eskew and Wilkes each had RBI singles for the Tide, and Rodney Johnson recorded two RBIs.
Wilkes was the losing pitcher for Minden, giving up 11 hits.
Minden 4, Many 6
The Crimson Tide fought, but Many had just enough to down Minden in a tight ball game.
Minden led 3-2 before trailing 4-3; the Tide clawed back to tie the game at 4-all before Many struck for one run in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Camron Dollar drove in two Minden runs with an early single, having a good overall tournament for the Tide. Austin Wall came through with two singles on the day, Matt Eskew drove in a run, Jeffrey Melton added a base hit and Jalien Moore also finished with a RBI for his day.
Wall took the loss on the mound for Minden, going four innings and striking out two batters, allowing seven hits.
North Webster 6, Jena 1
The Knights eased past the Giants behind the bats of Riley Orr and Hayden Corbell who combined for four hits (two triples) and four RBIs.
Corbell also dominated on the mound, going all seven innings, stirking out six batters and limiting Jena to four hits.
North Webster 6, Grant 2
North Webster’s Sawyer Howard went six innings and struck out seven batters on the mound to power the Knights past Grant.
Kade Garmany put North Webster on top for good in the first inning with a two-RBI triple. TJ Carter had a spectacular game, finishing 3-4 with a double and two RBIs for the Knights.
North Webster 3, Buckeye 0
Sam and Patrick Modisette each drove in runs, as did Kade Garmany, to lead the Knights at the plate.
Three runs proved plenty with Riley Orr on the mound.
Orr (3-1) went the distance for the Knights, striking out three batters, scattering five hits and pitching a shutout in the process.
Sterlington Tournament Scores
Lakeside 6, Sterlington 3
STERLINGTON – Lakeside’s Dalton Crumpler broke open an extra-inning affair with a two-run single against host Sterlington, paving the way for a 6-3 Warrior win.
The Warriors pounded out 14 hits against the Panthers to earn the victory, and Crumpler (3-2) was able to hang tough on the mound, pitching all eight innings and scattering 12 hits for Lakeside.
Jake Gray finished 3-4 with three singles and one RBI, followed by Cameron Gray who delivered a big day with two singles and two RBIs. Logan McIver also had three hits for the Warriors as he begins to heat up.
Lakeside 7, Oak Grove 8
The Warriors fell victim to a three-run rally in their Saturday contest with Oak Grove.
Lakeside starter Braydon Jones (1-2) ran out of gas in the seventh inning after holding up until that point. Jones did enjoy a great day at the plate, finishing 3-4 with one RBI.
Gavin Jones also went off for Lakeside, finishing 3-3 with a double and two RBIs. Cameron Gray and Colton Carter each had RBI doubles for the Warriors and Jake Gray added an RBI single.