Errors prove costly for Bayou in Game 1 loss
by Donell Maxie
May 02, 2013 | 718 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bayou's Michael Portner (left) leaves first base to field a ball as a Tri-County base runner (6) hurries to make it to first before Bayou's pitcher can cover the bag.
Bayou's Michael Portner (left) leaves first base to field a ball as a Tri-County base runner (6) hurries to make it to first before Bayou's pitcher can cover the bag.
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It was a long day for the Bayou Academy Colts as they battled the Tri-County Rebels Tuesday in Cleveland for game one of the North A State Baseball Championship series.

Bayou was in the game early, but errors, good offense from Tri-County along with solid defense proved to be the downfall as the Rebels walked away with an 8-2 win.

Game two is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Flora on Thursday.

With the win. Tri-County improved to 25-3 on the year while the Colts fell to 16-3.

"We played a very good Tri-County team and when you play a good team like that you can't make mistakes," said Bayou coach Will Reed.

"I thought we put the barrel on the ball and hit the ball hard, but they played good defense and made good plays on the ball. Next game, we are going to go in with the same approach minus the mistakes," Reed added.

The story of the game for Tri-County was the play of senior pitcher Derek Martin who struck out eight batters on the day to improve to 8-.

On the other side, Bayou's Trevor Runnels pitched six innings and gave up eight hits, with one walk and two earned runs. He struck out one batter

The Rebels took an early 1-0 lead over Bayou in the top of the first. In the top of the third, they extended that lead to 2-0 when a sacrifice fly scored a run from third.

The Colts fought back and managed to tie the game up as Michael Portner socked a two-run homer over left-center to make the score 2-2.

The next few innings saw both teams play solid defense, but in the top of the sixth Tri-County managed to strike another blow.

Martin led off the inning with a double and a pitch from Runnels hit the next Rebels’ batter to put runners on first and second.

On the next at bat, Tri-County laid down a bunt that Runnels fielded and tried to go to third on, but the throw was off and Tri-County was able to score two more runs for a 4-2 lead.

Bayou regrouped and got the next three batters out, but the damaged had been done.

In the top of the seventh leading 4-2, the Rebels added four more runs including a two run home run from Martin for an 8-2 lead.

Trailing 8-2 in the inning, Reed made a pitching change and brought in Caleb Pilgrim to replace Runnels. Pilgrim did his job and ended the inning by getting a batter to fly out while striking out the next two batters.

Bayou had one last chance but could not muster any offense as the Rebels held on for the victory.

Portner led Bayou at the plate with a home run and two singles.