Saturday, 30 April 2011 22:57

Conference tournament roundup for April 30

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Blowouts in Shreveport, and upsets in Columbus, GA.

At the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament in Columbus:

#4-ranked Lee went two-and-out. They were taken out by #19 Southern Polytechnic 7-4. The Hornets won it with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on only one hit; the winning run was scored by courtesy runner Conrad Boron when pinch-hitter Blake Parrot drew a bases-loaded walk. The Hornets drew a total of eight walks and two hit batters. Brad Hutson got the win in relief; starter Josh Strawn put in a good effort for the Hornets, recorded eleven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, allowed three earned runs on eight hits.

#6 Auburn-Montgomery also went two-and-out, losing to #16 Brewton-Parker 8-7 (10 innings). 1B Jacob Evors hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to send it into extra innings, then hit a bases-loaded single in the tenth to win it. Evors finished the game 3-6 with five RBI. The Barons used six pitchers; Ben Gillespie got the win, faced two batters, threw nine pitches. Story from Auburn-Montgomery site: No. 6 AUM Falls in Extras to No. 16 Brewton-Parker, 8-7

#13 Faulkner is still in the tournament, but they're in the losers' bracket. The Eagles lost to host William Carey 7-6. RF Javier Ortiz scored the winning run in the seventh; he reached base on a walk, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a wild throw. Starter Scotty Reese got the win for the Crusaders; Ortiz finished the game 2-3 with a double and two runs scored.

#22 Belhaven survived the wave of upsets, defeating Shorter 13-3. Brett Blaise and Jon Patino combined to hold Shorter to six hits; Blaise recorded nine strikeouts.

They're taking Sunday off in Columbus. Schedule for Monday (times EDT): Faulkner vs. Brewton-Parker, 3:30 PM; Shorter vs. Southern Polytechnic; Belhaven vs. William Carey, audio webcast.

First round action at the Red River Athletic Conference tournament in Shreveport:

#9 LSU-Shreveport defeated Texas College 15-1. DH Kyle Pearson hit two home runs for the Pilots, went 3-4 with five RBI.

#17 Northwood (TX) defeated Wiley 11-8. C Kal Saldana went 4-4 with two doubles and five RBI.

Texas-Brownsville defeated Texas Wesleyan 14-4. Danny Gidora went the distance (shortened to seven innings) for the Scorpions, allowed eight hits. 1B Matt Ginn went 2-3 with a home run, a double, and three RBI.

Schedule for Sunday (times CDT): Wiley vs. Texas College, 11:30 AM; LSU-Shreveport vs. Texas Wesleyan, 3 PM; Texas-Brownsville vs. Northwood, 6:30 PM. An audio webcast of the LSU-Shreveport game might be available here.


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Bob Broughton started going to British Columbia home games in 2001, and was favorably impressed with the caliber of play. This led to annual trips to the NAIA Baseball National Championship in Lewiston, ID, a nine-hour drive from Vancouver. He retired in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.


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