Kyle Perkins carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Bastrop bested Franklin Parish 5-1 in the front end of a double header Sunday afternoon at Baron Ballpark.
Perkins got off to a rocky start as the Patriots loaded the bases with nobody out to start the game. Leadoff batter John Robbins struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached safely, and Tyler Lively and Jordan Newton walked — the only two free passes issued by Perkins. After a strikeout, Kendarion Grant reached on an error, putting the Patriots up 1-0. Avoiding further damage, Perkins recorded his third punchout of the inning, before retiring the side on a fielder's choice grounder to third baseman Chase Cockrell.
Bastrop answered with a run in the bottom of the first when Ty Cantrell walked, scurried to third on Cockrell's base hit and scored on Perkins' RBI groundout.
The score remained 1-1 until Bastrop pushed across two runs on one hit in the fourth.
Perkins drew a leadoff walk and courtesy runner Dollar Ridgell circled the bases as Cade Cantrell's bunt resulted in a two-base throwing error. Morgan Edmonds then beat out a bunt single and Jordan Jones was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with nobody out.
Cade Cantrell was forced at the plate on Josh Bradbury's fielder's choice, before Khalil Key walked on four pitches to force Edmonds home. Garrett Eley then hauled in Gavin Pollock's fly ball to shallow left field and pegged Jones out at the plate for an inning-ending double play.
Bastrop put two more on the board in the fifth, compliments of RBI singles from Cockrell and Edmonds.
Perkins faced the minimum while allowing only on base runner in innings 2-6, until yielding back-to-back, one-out singles to Steve Williams and Jake Monnin in the seventh.
Perkins struck out eight in the complete game victory.
Cockrell and Edmonds had two singles apiece and Ty Cantrell added a base hit for the Rams.
Cameron Ulmer went the distance in a losing cause for the Patriots.