Kyle Perkins authored a two-hitter as Bastrop subdued Southwood 4-1 at Baron Ballpark in the Bastrop-Sterlington Tournament.
After allowing a leadoff single to John Michael Barnett to start the game, Perkins would not allow another base runner until walking Codie Stewart with two down in the fourth.
“Kyle was on. It's a good thing he was because we weren't hitting the ball,” said Bastrop coach Whit Whitlock, whose team managed only three hits against Southwood's Steven Williams. “He's been consistent all year. He's been what we needed to get back on the right track. He's even-keeled, but he's a competitor. He has his own set of expectations for himself. He told me, 'I can give you all I have every time out,' and that's all I can ask.”
In Friday night's game, Whitlock couldn't have asked much more from Perkins, who carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth.
“Kyle does the right thing in practice and the right thing in school,” Whitlock said. “He's the kind of kid you can build a program around.”
Bastrop (4-7) staked Perkins to an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first.
Ty Cantrell singled, moved into scoring position on a sacrifice fly and dashed home on an error to put the Rams on top 1-0.
Bastrop added two more in the third.
Jump starting the Rams, once again, Ty Cantrell was hit by a pitch leading off the frame, moved to third on an error and scored on Chase Cockrell's one-out single to right. Cockrell circled the bases when cleanup batter Cade Cantrell put down a bunt and reached safely via error, increasing the spread to 3-0.
Cade Cantrell's two-out single plated Cockrell, aboard on an error, to give the Rams a 4-0 cushion in the fifth.
Perkins ran into trouble in the sixth after issuing a leadoff walk to Barnett and a one-out free pass to Codie Stewart. Christian Harris then reached on an error, closing the gap to 4-1.
After minimizing the damage in the sixth, Perkins pitched around a two-out single to Adam Perse in the seventh.
Perkins struck out seven and walked five for the complete game victory. Williams, who allowed only one earned run, struck out two and walked two in taking the loss for the Cowboys (4-12).