Dixie Youth 12-year-old Sub-District Tournament
Blaine Holloway waylaid a three-run home run over the left-center fence with two outs in the top of the sixth, sending West Monroe North to an 8-6 victory over Morehouse on Saturday night to cap the first day of action in the Dixie Youth 12-year-old Sub-District Tournament at Carter Park.
Monroe National won the opener 9-3 over East Ouachita South (Swartz), while Monroe American outscored West Monroe South 11-8 in Game 2.
Sunday's schedule starts at 3 p.m. with Morehouse vs. West Monroe South in an elimination game, followed at 5 p.m. by West Monroe North vs. Monroe American in the winner's bracket.
West Monroe North 8, Morehouse 6
Down to its final out, four straight West Monroe North batters reached safely as the visitors dealt the host team a gut-wrenching loss.
After the North's first two batters went down quietly, Nick Phillips and Travis Loveland singled to put the go-ahead run on base. Blaine Holloway then launched a three-run homer about three-quarters the way up the light pole in left-center field to give West Monroe its first lead since the top of the first.
West Monroe grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Zack Hill reached on a two-out, two-base error and cleanup batter Skyler Wilhite delivered an RBI single up the middle.
Morehouse didn't need long to answer as leadoff batter Bryce Wallace drove the second pitch of the bottom of the first over the fence for an authoritative game-tying home run.
Morehouse would add two more in the inning. Tanner Caldwell legged out an infield single, moved into scoring position on Kenton Norman's groundout and crossed home as Jacob Walker reached on a two-out, two-base error. Ashton Lollie followed with an RBI single to center, giving the tournament hosts a 3-1 edge.
West Monroe, which scored all eight of its runs with two outs, tied the game with a deuce in the third.
With two down and the bases empty, Cameron Miller beat out an infield single, Joe Craighead thumped an RBI double down the right field line and scored as Luke Saxon was safe on a misplayed fly ball.
Morehouse reclaimed the lead, 4-3, in the bottom of the third without the benefit of a hit.
Kenyon Beasley was safe on a leadoff error and Ryan Chain walked. Two outs later, Grant Girtman walked to load the bases and Norman reached via error.
North threatened in the fourth as Wilhite made his way aboard on an error and McCade Townsend drew a free pass to put runners at first and second with only one out. Morehouse shortstop Tanner Caldwell then fielded a ground ball, tagged the runner en route to third and threw to Wallace at first base to complete an inning-ending double play.
Morehouse extended its lead to 6-3 with two in the fourth.
Lollie started the frame with an opposite-field double. With one away, Beau Cannon Pruitt walked and Brock Jenkins bunted his way aboard to jam the sacks. Back to the top of the batting order, Wallace pulled a two-run single to right.
North began to chip away at the deficit with two in the fifth.
Holloway lashed a one-out single to left. One out later, Saxon, representing the top of the lineup, smashed a two-run bomb over the left field fence, slicing the Morehouse lead to 6-5.
Hill picked up the win in relief of Wilhite. Both North pitchers worked three innings.
Holloway homered and singled as West Monroe out-hit Morehouse 10-6. Rounding out the attack were Saxon with a round tripper, Craighead with a two-bagger and Casey Cartwright, Wilhite, Phillips, Loveland, Dakota Ellis and Miller with base hits.
Wallace went 2-for-3 with a homer, a single and three RBIs to pace Morehouse. Lollie was 2-for-2 with a double and Caldwell and Jenkins singled.
Pruitt went the distance in taking the hard-luck loss for Morehouse.
Monroe American 11, West Monroe South 8
Three of Monroe American's first six batters went deep as Monroe American topped West Monroe South.
With one away in the top of the first, Patrick Wollerson homered to put the Americans ahead to stay. One out later, Ryan Jones singled and Will Orten and Max Mitchell blasted back-to-back jacks to put Monroe in front 4-0.
Monroe would never relinquish the lead.
Wollerson smashed a home run and two singles to spearhead Monroe's 11-hit production. Orten and Mitchell homered and Will Anders, Jones, Walter Jenkins, Tom McGee, Peyton Rodgers and Brandon Gardner singled.
Alex Beard and Joey Kirkland had two singles apiece to spark the South's 10-hit output. Keith Myers and Kyle Ray homered and Kirby Theriot, Jeremy Blackwell, Caleb Edwards and Mason Chapman added base hits.
Monroe starter Luke Cagle spun three innings to gain the win for Monroe. Jones worked two innings in relief, with Orten closing it out. Edwards was dealt the loss for the South, with Kirkland finishing up. Both West Monroe pitchers toiled three innings.
Monroe National 9, East Ouachita South 3
Winning pitcher Dustin Jackson's home run highlighted a six-run fifth inning as Monroe National pulled away to defeat East Ouachita South in the early game.
The game was tied 3-3 before Monroe broke loose for six in the bottom of the fifth.
Dustin Jackson went the distance for the win, limiting the South to four hits.
Hitting for Monroe were Christian Kukal, Kale Deville and Noah Jackson with two singles apiece, Dustin Jackson with a home run, Trejean Bradshaw with a double and Christopher Jackson and Austin Allen with singles.
East Ouachita received two singles from John Cascio and base bumps from Michael Haynes and Jared Short.