HAUGHTON—The Minden Crimson Tide trailed the Haughton Buccaneers, 7-4 late in Tuesday's game, but they had the bases loaded with two outs and were one swing from taking the lead.
Minden had chased Haughton ace Thomas Stanfield from the game, but reliever Tyler Breed came in and retired the next Minden batter to close out the 7-4 win for the Bucs.
The game was played on Haughton's home field due to the size of the large number of teams competing in the tournament, but that didn't faze the Tide as they scored the game's first run.
Derek Herrington led off the second inning by reaching on an error, and then advanced to third on a stolen base and a passed ball. Hutton Leppert then drove in Herrington with a ground ball to short.
Haughton came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but the Tide responded with two more runs in the third.
McCaul Lacobee and Turner Francis led off the inning with base hits. Both runners then scored when Herrington's hard hit was mishandled by the Buc second baseman. Haughton re-took the lead in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own.
Trailing 7-3 in the top of the sixth, the Tide added their final run as Hutton Leppert doubled and then scored on a pair of groundouts.
Bailey Pettit started on the mound for the Tide and pitched the first two innings, taking the loss to fall to 2-2.
Turner Francis and Thomas Pevy led the hitters, as both went two-for-three at the plate. Coltan Haynes went two-for-four and Leppert doubled. Lacobee added a single.
Minden's next game will be today at 4:30 p.m., again at Haughton High School.