SHREVEPORT – The Minden Crimson Tide traveled to Calvary Baptist for a contest with the No. 7 ranked team in Class 2A, with hopes of entering the playoffs on a high note.

They did just that, taking advantage of their opportunities and some timely hitting for a 10-9 road win over the Cavs.

“We jumped out on them, scoring five or six runs in the first inning,” Crimson Tide head coach Dean Francis said. “We hit it better than we have all year. The kids were ready to play. A lot of teams this year get tired and are ready to get it over with, but I haven’t had to battle that with this team. They’re focused and ready to go.”

Cameron Morgan, Jay Beene and Matt Eskew had RBI hits in the first to extend Minden’s lead to 6-0. Beene drove in two more in the second with a two-run single to make it 8-0.

Trace Francis made it 9-0 with an RBI single in the fifth, and Gunner Stephens drove in what would end up being a crucial run with a single in the seventh.

Jay Beene got the win on the mound, and Trace Francis came in to get the save and shut down a Calvary threat in the final frame.
Minden will travel south today, as they begin the LHSAA playoffs with a road game at Lutcher.

First pitch for that ballgame will be at 4 p.m.

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