Morgan Edmonds went 3-for-3 with five RBI as Bastrop battered Farmerville 15-6 on Military Day at Baron Ballpark.
As the Rams' indulged on an array of remaining desserts on the food tables set up behind the dugout, their mood late Saturday afternoon was considerably different from the gloomy bus ride home the previous Saturday. Coming off of an 0-3 showing in the Lakeside Tournament, which included losses to Loyola (10-9), Minden (11-1) and Lakeside (13-1), the Rams went 3-0 in their own Bastrop-Sterlington Tournament.
"We faced some adversity last weekend," Bastrop coach Whit Whitlock said. "We lost a close one, then we had two bad losses and we had some games start way behind schedule. It was a tough weekend. The kids could have laid down after that. Like they say, everybody gets knocked down sometimes. It's how fast you get back up that matters.
"The big thing is we're getting better before district. We're not making the same mistakes."
Whitlock said it was a successful tournament all the way around.
"I thought we had a great response this weekend," Whitlock said. "We had good crowds and the parents came through with food, drinks and desserts. The parents have been great all year. They've supported these kids and let them know that what they are doing matters. That means a lot."
Bastrop (5-7) had to scrap back after falling behind 3-0 against the Farmers.
Nick Nevala bashed a triple to start the top of the second and scored on Landry Newsom's sacrifice fly. Corey Satterwhite then reached on an error, Tyler Holman singled and Arthur Baldwin walked, setting up Chase Spatafora's two-run single.
Bastrop countered with two in its half of the second. Kyle Perkins singled and Khalil Key beat out out a bunt single. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a passed ball, before Perkins scampered home on Clay Winnon's sacrifice fly. Key crossed home on a mishandled pickoff attempt at third base, closing the margin to 3-2.
Farmerville added a run in the third when Nevala singled and courtesy runner Bubba Moon scored on a throwing error.
Capitalizing on two Farmerville errors, the Rams tied the game at 4 with a deuce in the fourth.
Farmerville regained the lead, 5-4, in the fifth when Nevala singled to right for his third hit of the day, Newsom bounced a double off the right field wall and Satterwhite grounded out to second base.
Bastrop grabbed the lead for good with a five-spot in the fifth.
Cade Cantrell was hit by a pitch to start the outburst, held at third on Dollar Ridgell's double to left-center and came down the line with the equalizer on Kyle Perkins' grounder to second base. Key then singled up the middle, chasing Ridgell home with the go-ahead tally.
Page 2 of 2 - Winnon walked and, one out later, Ty Cantrell took a pitch between the shoulder blades to load the bases. That brought up Edmonds, who jabbed a two-run single to center, running the Rams' lead to 8-5.
Walks to Chase Cockrell and Cade Cantrell forced Ty Cantrell across with the Rams' ninth run.
Stringing together successive one-out singles by Arthur Baldwin, Spatafora and Jamarius Williams, the Farmers pulled within 9-6 in the sixth, before Bastrop starter Gavin Pollock got out of the inning with back-to-back groundouts to shortstop Ty Cantrell.
With Farmerville getting thin on pitching, the Rams scored six runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Edmonds' two-run single, RBI base hits by Ridgell and Jordan Jones and Cockrell's sacrifice fly fueled the outburst.
"One thing I was glad to see this weekend is that we put teams away when we had the chance," Whitlock said. "That's something we have to have as we get into district."
Pollock worked six innings for the win. Jones allowed a leadoff single to Satterwhite in the seventh before Perkins, Ty Cantrell and Cade Cantrell combined to turn a 4-6-3 double play.
Edmonds was the Rams' offensive catalyst with three singles, a sac fly and a walk in five plate appearances. Ridgell doubled and single and Key produced two singles. Leadoff batter Ty Cantrell did his job, reaching safely in all five trips to the plate (a single, a walk, an error and two HBPs) and scoring twice. Perkins and Jones rounded out the attack with base hits.
Farmerville matched the Rams with 10 hits as Nevala went 3-for-3 with a triple and a walk. Spatafora popped a pair of singles, Newsom doubled and Williams, Satterwhite, Holman and Arthur Baldwin singled.
Newsom, the first of five Farmerville pitchers, took the loss.
Notes: The Rams' JV Monday double header at West Ouachita has been postponed due to testing at Bastrop High. Tuesday's 6 p.m. varsity game at Delhi Charter will be played as scheduled.