NATCHITOCHES – The Minden Crimson Tide got off to a solid start in the Natchitoches Tournament, picking up a 4-2 victory against the Class 3A Jena Giants.
Minden scratched out eight hits and John Volentine gave the Tide five strong innings on the mound before giving way to closer Matt Eskew for the two-inning save.
It was a cleanly-played game for the Tide, who established themselves early on with a leadoff triple from Camron Dollar. Minden got timely hits from Rodney Johnson and Jeffrey Melton as well, and Eskew also had an important RBI single.
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