Dixie Youth Sub-District Tournament
Morehouse exploded for five runs in the bottom of the first and staved off a last-gasp Monroe National rally for an 8-5 victory Monday night in the Dixie Youth (ages 11-12) Sub-District Tournament at Carter Park.
West Monroe North was a 14-1 winner over West Monroe South in Monday's nightcap.
Tuesday's schedule gets under way with Morehouse vs. West Monroe South at 6, followed by Monroe National vs. Monroe American at 8.
Scoring all three runs with two outs, Monroe jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
Noah Jackson led off with a base hit. Two outs later, cleanup batter Cole Hathaway mauled a two-run home run, which struck a tree behind the right field fence.
Nicklaus Guice followed with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Like Monroe, Morehouse scored all off its first inning runs with two away.
Four walks and a wild pitch enabled Morehouse to pull within 3-1. Dillon Brown then roped a two-run single into center field and Gage Riles drove in two more runs with a one-hop single off the right-center fence.
Gavin Corder led off the Monroe third with a solo shot over the right-center fence, trimming the deficit to 5-4.
Monroe loaded the bases on one-out base hits by Noah Jackson and William Minor and a two-out walk, but Morehouse starter Ryan Chain struck out the final batter he faced to protect the lead.
Morehouse padded its margin to 8-4 with a trifecta in the third.
A.J. Fenceroy crushed a leadoff double to right-center. With one away, Brayden Spigner chopped an infield single to shortstop. Drawing a throw while advancing to third, Fenceroy continued home on a wild throw.
Up next, Farrar smoked an RBI single up the middle and moved all the way to third on an errant throw. A couple of pitches later, Brock Jenkins chased Farrar across with an RBI groundout to center field.
There was no further scoring until the top of the sixth.
With one down, Guice reached on a two-base throwing error and scored on Gregory Plumley's double to right-center.
Hustling to chase down a wild pitch, Jenkins, the Morehouse catcher, threw to third baseman Layton Rainbolt for the second out.
With Monroe down to its final out, Cade Taylor walked and Tanner Roberts doubled to right-center, bringing the tying run to the plate. Farrar then retired the side on a fly ball to Austin Carroll in right field.
Chain went three innings for the win. Farrar recorded the save, holding the Nationals to one run on three hits through three innings.
Fenceroy paced Morehouse's efficient six-hit attack with a double and a single and Spigner, Farrar, Brown and Riles contributed base knocks.
Corder homered and singled to pace Monroe's nine-hit output. Noah Jackson supplied two singles, Hathaway went deep, Guice, Plumley and Roberts doubled and Minor and Gunter Jackson singled.
Noah Jackson was dealt the loss on the mound for Monroe, with Trey Rugg providing two innings of scoreless relief.
Monroe American 4, Morehouse 3
John Michael Parker's two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the fifth made the difference as Monroe American clipped Morehouse on Sunday evening.
Zach Hardin, aboard on a leadoff single, crossed home with the winning run on Parker's clutch hit.
Dillon Brown's RBI double plated Austin Carroll, who drew a two-out walk, as Morehouse seized a 1-0 lead in the top of the second.
Monroe responded with three in the third.
Christian Bagwell singled, Parker was safe on an error, Travis Butler slugged a triple and Cade McCarty reached on a misplay.
Morehouse tied the game at 3-3 with a deuce in the fifth when Brock Jenkins drew a one-out walk and Carroll unloaded a two-run bomb over the right-center fence.
American reliever M.D. Talley picked up the win, combining with Butler to hold Morehouse to three hits.
Butler tripled and Zach Hardin, Christian Bagwell, Parker, McCarty and Tyler Robinson singled for the Americans.
Carroll went deep and Fenceroy and Brown doubled for Morehouse.
Farrar was charged with the loss in relief of Ryan Chain.
Morehouse 15, West Monroe North 3
Gage Riles launched a homer run and a single as Morehouse breezed past West Monroe North.
Trailing 2-0, Morehouse plated three in the bottom of the second and eight in the third to take a commanding 11-2 lead.
Riles was complemented in Morehouse's nine-hit production by Austin Carroll with a pair of doubles, Brock Jenkins with a double and a single, Brayden Spigner with two singles and A.J. Fenceroy with a base hit.
Zach Martin doubled and singled for the North, Evan Shepherd homered and and Dawson Hagan singled.
Jacob Farrar went the distance for the win. Shepherd, the first of three North pitchers, absorbed the setback.