Crimson Tide advances to quarterfinals
The Minden Crimson Tide beat Archbishop Shaw in walk-off fashion Monday at Griffith Stadium, but not in the usual walk-off style.
Derek Herrington's fifth-inning three-run home run ended the game by extending Minden's lead to 14-2, giving the Tide the win due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Herrington also starred on the mound, as he improved his record to 9-0. he went all five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out four.
But Herrington didn't do it alone as the Tide banged out 15 hits as a team. McCaul Lacobee had a big day, going two-for-two with three RBIs and Turner Francis had two hits and two RBIs. Sam Shoemaker doubled, tripled and drove in a run, and Carson Bolyer tripled and drove in two runs. Coltan Haynes had three singles, Tyler Zachary had two and Javieon Johnston singled and doubled.
The Crimson Tide (26-5) will now advance to the LHSAA quarterfinals and will play on the road against the winner of West Ouachita and Neville.
The Crimson Tide got all the runs they needed in the second, when they scored four runs against Shaw starter J. P. France.
Francis led off the inning with a single to center. After an out, Hutton Leppert drew a walk. Lacobee then followed with a single up the middle, scoring Francis. Bolyer stepped up to the plate and ripped a line-drive off the top of centerfielder's glove and both runners scored as Bolyer pulled into third with a triple. Johnston then laid down a perfect bunt on the suicide squeeze, and then reached safely as no one covered first base.
Shaw scored their first run in the top of the third, as they plated a run on a wild pitch. The Eagles had more runners on base, but Herrington struck out two batters to end the threat. Minden got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Shoemaker doubled off the fence in left center, and then scored on a Lacobee single.
Shaw added their second run in the top of the fourth, but the Tide put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the inning.
Johnston led off the inning with a double over the centerfielder's head. He advanced to second on a bunt single by Haynes, and then scored on Zachary's infield single. Haynes would later score on a wild pitch. Herrington drew a walk, and Turner followed with a two-run single to right. Shoemaker then tripled off the right-center field wall, scoring Francis. After an out, Shoemaker would score on a sac fly by Lacobee.
Herrington then sat the Eagles down in order in the top of the fifth, and then sent them home in the bottom of the inning.
Haynes started the final rally with a one-out single to right and Zachary followed with a single to left. Herrington then ended the game with a three-run bomb over the left-field fence much to the delight of the near-capacity home crowd.