BENTON — A very familiar nemesis ended the Minden Crimson Tide's baseball season Tuesday – the Benton Tigers.
Benton beat the Tide for the third time this season, but this one hurt the most as it eliminated the Tide from the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs.
Minden actually jumped out to an early lead, as Hutton Leppert drove in Austin Sumner with a first inning single.
The lead was short-lived as Benton struck back with a solo run in the bottom of the inning.
Benton took a 2-1 lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but Minden scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
Mikey James and McCaul Lacobee both singled and then would later score on a double by Sumner.
Benton scored a run in the bottom of the inning to re-tie the game and then scored three times in the bottom of the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, Lacobee singled with two outs, but the next batter was retired and Benton took the 6-3 win.
Carson Bolyer started and pitched well for the Tide. He scattered six hits over five innings and allowed just two earned runs. Lacobee pitched one inning with two earned runs and three strikeouts.
Lacobee went three-for-three at the plate and Sumner had a hit and two RBIs. Leppert had a RBI-single and Turner Francis doubled.
The Crimson Tide finished the season at 22-11