Lefty reliever Richard Allen came on to quiet a Bastrop Barons' rally in the bottom of the seventh as Rayville prevailed 8-7 Monday night in the summer league season opener for both teams.
Allen legged out an infield single and eventually scored on a wild pitch, enabling the visitors to carry an 8-4 lead into the home half of the seventh. It would prove to be a valuable insurance tally.
Luke Chain reached on an error, before walks to Khalil Key and Ty Cantrell loaded the bases with nobody out. With one away, Chase Cockrell scorched a two-run double down the left field line, closing the deficit to 9-7.
Summoned to the mound from first base, Allen uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Ty Cantrell to score and more importantly, placing Cockrell at third base with the tying run.
Unfazed, Allen preserved the victory with a strikeout and a sharply-hit grounder right back to the mound.
Bastrop wasted an opportunity for a big inning in the bottom of the first, settling for a run after Rayville starter Nathan O'Brian plunked three batters.
Rayville, meanwhile, parlayed two hits, a hit batsman, a walk and an error into four runs in the bottom of the second.
Ethan Daily doubled down the left field line, Brandon Cardin was hit by a pitch and Ronald Toney walked to jam the sacks with nobody out. All three runners dashed home when Dillon Thomas lined a one-out single up the middle and continued to second on an error. Next up, O'Brian reached on the
Barons' second error of the inning, bringing the score to 4-1.
O'Brian's two-out single plated Kyle Barefield, who was hit by a pitch leading off the fourth, pushing the bulge to 5-1.
Bastrop got the run back in the bottom of the fourth when Cade Cantrell led off with a single, took second on an error, motored to third on a wild pitch and scored on Gavin Pollock's RBI groundout.
Rayville padded its lead to 7-2 in the fifth on Daily's RBI triple and Cardin's sacrifice fly.
Cade Cantrell's RBI single and Clay Winnon's RBI bunt single helped the Barons draw within 7-4 in the sixth.
O'Brian worked four innings for the win, striking out five — including four in a row at one point — while allowing two runs (both unearned) on one hit. Jonathan Wallace pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, before Allen notched the save.
Daily was Rayville's offensive catalyst, going 2-for-2 with a triple, a double an RBI and two runs scored. O'Brian, Allen, Thomas and Hunter Chunn added base hits.
Cade Cantrell was a bright spot offensively and defensively for the Barons. Playing right field, the senior-to-be pegged out a runner at third base to complete a double play and went 2-for-3 while driving in a run and scoring two. Cockrell doubled and Winnon singled.
Page 2 of 2 - Kyle Perkins took the loss for the Barons, surrendering seven runs (three earned) on five hits in four-plus innings. He struck out three, hit three and walked three. Kylan Ricks pitched well in relief, allowing one run (earned) on two hits through three frames.
Bastrop is at home again Tuesday night against Ouachita. Game time is 6 p.m.