Bastrop 4-6, Neville 2-12
Dollar Ridgell spun a two-hitter and Bastrop scored twice in the top of the seventh to secure its first victory over Neville since 2004 in the second game of a double header Saturday afternoon at Embanato Field.
With the 4-2 victory, the Rams (7-9, 1-2) avoided a sweep at the hands of the Tigers (8-11, 2-1) in the three-game series. Neville won the opener 18-0 Thursday night in Bastrop and erased a 6-1 deficit to win Saturday's early game 12-6.
In the series finale, the Rams broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh. Kyle Perkins singled home the go-ahead run and Jordan Jones added an RBI fielder's choice.
"It was a huge win for us because it keeps us in the hunt for the playoffs and keeps the kids wanting to come back to the ballpark," Bastrop coach Whit Whitlock said Monday. "We had a good practice today."
After allowing 30 runs in the first two games of the series, the Rams' pitching staff received a gallant effort from Ridgell, a freshman righthander. He struck out only one batter, but induced 14 fly ball outs, while walking four, pitching around four errors and giving up a pair of singles to Matt Reeves.
"Dollar kept getting outs and we made the plays we had to make," Whitlock said.
Trailing 1-0, the Rams went up 2-1 in the fourth on Ridgell's RBI single and Khalil Key's RBI groundout. Neville evened the scoreboard at 2-2 with a run in the fifth.
Neither team scored an earned run, though both teams had plenty of chances. Leaving the bases loaded twice, the Rams stranded 11 for the game. Neville left eight on base.
Accounting for half of the Rams' six hits, Gavin Pollock went 3-for-4 with a double. Ridgell, Chase Cockrell and Perkins added base hits.
Oliver Campbell was dealt the loss for the Tigers, striking out five, walking four and surrendering five hits, while pitching around six errors in six-plus innings. Alex Prince finished up on the mound.
Bastrop had to regroup after blowing a 6-1 lead in the first game. After battling back to tie the game, the Tigers exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"It was kind of deflating," Whitlock admitted. "We couldn't get an out in the sixth inning. Thursday night's game got out of hand. We had a couple of chances early, but didn't make the plays. They got the sticks rolling and it snowballed on us. It was what it was.
"But we kept fighting and finally got them, which is a credit to our guys."
Bastrop plays Benton today at 5 p.m., before returning home for a 4 p.m. JV/varsity double header against Ruston on Thursday.