Minden High to face Benton next
The Minden Crimson Tide had to go an extra inning to beat St. Augustine on Friday in their opening round playoff game of the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs, and they did that in dramatic fashion as Carson Bolyer drove in Turner Francis with a single in the bottom of the eighth for a 2-1 walk-off win.
The Tide (21-10) will now face fifth-seeded Benton High School at Benton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Francis started the winning rally with a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth. Hutton Leppert followed by blasting a double which moved Francis to third base. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Boyler ripped a 2-2 pitch for a single to score the winning run.
The game was a scoreless tie until the fifth inning when the Tide pushed across a run. McCaul Lacobee reached base on an error and later came around to score on a single by Francis.
St. Augustine tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh. Minden had a runner on second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but didn't score setting up the dramatic eighth.
Bolyer came in to pitch in the top of the eighth, replacing Lacobee who had pitched an outstanding game. Bolyer hit the first batter, but he was quickly erased as Leppert threw him out trying to steal. Bolyer quickly retired the next two batters, and then delivered the winning hit in the bottom of the inning.
Bolyer got the win with one scoreless inning of relief, but Lacobee put up quite a performance for the first seven innings. Lacobee allowed just three hits and one earned run while striking out eight.
The Tide offense was able to muster seven hits against the St. Augustine pitchers. Francis turned in a two-for-three day with two singles and a RBI. Bolyer had a single and the game-winning RBI and Leppert roped a double. Lacobee, Thomas Pevy and Mikey James turned in the other Minden hits.
The Tide will now face a Benton High team that has beaten them twice this season.