The Minden Crimson Tide advanced to the second round of the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs with n 8-4 win over Morgan City on Thursday.
The game featured five lead changes and 21 hits between the two teams.
"A win is a win, and this was a good one," Minden coach Dean Francis said. "The boys played hard and played a good game. They just battled through it."
Minden took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Coltan Haynes led off the inning with a single, and then Tyler Zachary laid down a sacrifice bunt. But Morgan City pitcher Brodie Anslum tried to get Haynes at second, and Haynes beat the throw to the base. Then Zachary beat the relay to first. Derek Herrington followed with a deep shot to right center, driving in both runners and Herrington ended up at third with a triple. Tide shortstop Turner Francis followed with a single, driving in Herrington.
Morgan City struck back to tie the game in the top of the second. They were poised to take the lead, as they had the bases loaded with just one out. But Herrington dug down deep and struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
But in the top of the third, Morgan City took their first lead of the game with a single run. But that lead only lasted until the bottom of the inning, when the Tide scored twice and took the lead for good. Francis had a RBI-double and scored on a RBI-single by McCaul Lacobee.
In the bottom of the fourth, Herrington kicked things off with a double, scoring Javion Johnson. Sam Shoemaker followed that up with a triple, bringing home Francis and Herrington.
Lacobee entered the game in relief in the top of the fourth inning, and allowed just one hit in four scoreless innings to get the save. He walked one and struck out one. Herrington struck out four and walked two as he improved to 8-0 on the year.
Herrington and Francis led the way at the plate for the Tide, as they combined for six hits and five RBIs (three hits and three RBIs for Herrington and three hits and two RBIs for Francis). Shoemaker doubled and had two RBIs. Javieon Johnston went two-for-three.
The Tide is now 25-5 and awaits the winner of of #11 Archbishop Shaw and #22 Northwood.