MONROE—Things started great for the Minden Crimson Tide Monday night, as they scored in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead in their quarterfinal match-up with the Neville Tigers.
Unfortunately, that was their only lead of the game, as Neville scored twice in the bottom of the inning and went on to take a 3-1 win over the Crimson Tide.
Every ball seemed to bounce Neville's way in the game, whereas every Tide bounce seemed to find its way into a Neville glove. Minden had at least three hard-hit balls that were hit right at a Neville defender.
Neville pitcher Colton Tucker held the Tide in check, as he allowed just two hits over seven innings. He struck out seven Minden batters and walked none.
Minden pitcher Derek Herrington was equally good, as he scattered eight hits over six innings, striking out seven. Only two of the three Neville runs were earned.
Minden lead-off man Coltan Haynes singled to open the game, and then advanced to second on a bad throw, Tyler Zachary laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Haynes over to third. After an out, Haynes would scoot home on a passed ball for the game's first run.
Neville scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on three hits and a Tide error.
Sam Shoemaker led off the Tide second inning with a single to right-center. Things looked good for another Tide rally, but the next hitter grounded into a double play, and the following player struck out to end the inning. The last two outs started a streak of 14 straight batters retired by Neville's Tucker.
The next Tide base runner came in the top of the seventh, with the Tide down 3-1. Zachary reached base as he led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Zachary was erased on Herrington's E-6 fielder's choice. Turner Francis then raised the Minden faithful's hopes as he hit a towering shot to center field. But the Neville centerfielder caught the ball at the base of the fence. Tucker then struck out the next batter to end the game.
Haynes and Shoemaker had the only hits for the Tide. The Tide ended their season at 26-6.