Colts dim the Stars
by Andy Collier
Mar 26, 2014 | 4073 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bayou first baseman Trevor Runnels gets ready to catch the ball at first as a Winona base runner reaches safely. Runnels tagged three hits at the plate as Bayou won the game 16-6 Tuesday at Colt Field.
Bayou first baseman Trevor Runnels gets ready to catch the ball at first as a Winona base runner reaches safely. Runnels tagged three hits at the plate as Bayou won the game 16-6 Tuesday at Colt Field.
Tuesday night’s District 1-AA showdown between the Bayou Academy Colts and the Winona Christian Stars had all the makings of being an exciting baseball game.

The Colts entered the game with an 11-5 record with a 6-0 mark in the district, while Winona Christian was 13-1 with a 4-1 mark in district action.

The contest started out as a high scoring game as both teams made their share of mistakes. In the end, Bayou capitalized on every mistake committed by Winona Christian and ended up winning convincingly 16-6 in a game cut short after six innings due to the 10-run rule here at Colt Field.

The Colts (12-5, 7-0 dist.) finished up with 12 hits and struckout just three times as a team. The Colts’ offense made up for their mistakes in the field as they committed four errors.

“One big thing we try to do is make sure we’re seeing the pitch deep and not getting way out in front,” Bayou head coach Will Reed said. “We try to stay on top, I thought we did a very good job of that.”

The game for Winona (13-2, 4-2 dist.) on defense started off bad as two booted balls and a misplayed ground ball enabled three consecutive hitters to reach base with one out. The Colts ended up scoring their first run of the game when Parker Caston hit a ground ball to score Davis Dalton to make the score 1-0 with two outs. The next hitter, Tyler Kitchings, roped a double to clear the bases and make the score 4-0.

The Stars didn’t stay down for long. The first four hitters in the top of the second reached base due to three walks and a hit batter. When Kitchings walked Winona’s Devin Roberts with the bases loaded, Will Amason scored to cut Bayou’s lead down to 4-1. After Lane Boyette hit a ground ball to score the second run, Brooks Lott roped a double to score two runs and tie the game at 4-4. The Colts also had a breakdown on defense as two errors enabled another run to score to give the Stars a 5-4 advantage.

In the bottom of the second, Bayou’s offense stepped it up to another level. Chantz Arbuckle led off the inning with a bunt single. Cole Hutchinson reached base on an error, and Dalton laid down a bunt single to load the bases for Trevor Runnels with no outs. Runnels roped a RBI-single to tie the game at 5-5. The Colts weren’t done at the plate. Caston roped a two-run double, Weber Herbison drilled a two-run triple and stole home and Alex Mangialardi spanked a RBI-single to give the Colts an 11-5 lead after two innings.

The Colts ended up scoring two more runs in the third and three runs in the sixth to round out their production.

The extra offense helped Kitchings relax on the mound as he gave up just one run with one walk over the next three innings. On the day, Kitchings gave up six runs, four earned, on five hits with five strikeouts and five walks in five innings of work.

“He battled through one tough inning and came out strong,” Reed said. “Once he made whatever adjustment he made, he was getting strike one early.”

Caston closed the game out for Bayou as he gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of work.

At the plate, Runnels led the Colts with three hits including two doubles with three RBIs and two runs scored, followed by Dalton with three hits, three runs and two RBIs, Herbison with a triple, two RBIs and two runs, Kitchings with a double and three RBIs, Caston with a double, three RBIs and a run, Mangialardi with two hits and a RBI and Arbuckle with a hit and two runs.

The Stars finished the game with five errors.

Bayou will return to the diamond on Thursday to play Winona Christina in a district 1-AA doubleheader at Winona.