Pitching Machine Sub-District Tournament
East Ouachita North (Sterlington) won the Sub-District Pitching Machine (ages 7-8) Tournament held over the weekend at Carter Park in emphatic fashion.
Never trailing the entire tournament, Sterlington outscored its foes 61-13 while going 4-0 in the round robin format.
After holding off Morehouse 13-12 in the first round, Sterlington disposed of East Ouachita South 17-0, West Monroe South 11-1 and West Ouachita American 20-0.
Sterlington now advances to the District Tournament in Calhoun.
Sterlington 20, West Ouachita American 0
All 11 batters collected at least two hits as Sterlington clinched the tournament championship with a victory over West Ouachita American on Sunday afternoon.
Sterlington got all it would need in the top of the first.
With one away, Max Risinger singled and Zack White, Makia Smith and Broc Hogan bashed consecutive triples. Ian McGough followed with an RBI single, upping Sterlington's lead to 4-0.
One out later, Drew Dougan singled and Garrett Lee delivered a two-run single to center, bringing the score to 6-0.
Kaden Graves singled leading off the West Ouachita first. White, the Sterlington shortstop, then fielded a ground ball to his left, stepped on the second base bag and threw to first base to complete a double play.
Sterlington maxed out with seven runs in the second and third (tournament rules limit teams to seven runs per inning).
White and Hogan led Sterlington's 28-hit onslaught with two triples, a single, three RBI and three runs scored apiece. Risinger clubbed a double and two singles, Lee was 3-for-3 with three ribbies, McGough and Dougan stroked three singles, Makia Smith and Colin Cork tripled and singled, Jack Skipper poled a two doubles and Mason Owens and Jake Dycus singled twice.
Graves, Ryan Stevenson and Jessie Parker singled for the Chiefs.
Sterlington 11, West Monroe South 1
Max Risinger and Ian McGough furnished two hits apiece as East Ouachita National took out West Monroe South in Saturday's second game.
Mason Owens reached on a leadoff error to trigger a four-run first and scored on Risinger's RBI triple.
With one down, Makiah Smith nailed an RBI double and Broc Hogan, McGough and Garrett Lee poked successive singles.
Sterlington erupted for seven runs in the second to go up 11-0.
Colin Cork started it off with a double, Jack Skipper, Owens, Risinger and Zack White ripped four straight singles, Smith and Hogan reached on errors, McGough singled and Lee was safe on an error.
Risinger paced Sterlington's 12-hit attack with a triple and a single, McGough jabbed two singles, Smith and Cork doubled and Owens, White, Hogan, Lee, Drew Dougan and Skipper singled.
Hitting for West Monroe South were Kaden Miller with a double and a single and Jackson Greene, Beaux Bethea, Austin Fryer and Cory Williams with singles.
Sterlington 17, East Ouachita South 0
Zack White went 3-for-3 with a triple as Sterlington overwhelmed East Ouachita South (Swartz) Saturday afternoon.
Mason Owens, Max Risinger, Zack White and Makia Smith started the game with four straight singles and Drew Dougan and Jake Dycus mashed two-out base hits as Sterlington jumped out to a 6-0 first-inning lead.
Sterlington picked up four in the second and seven in the third to wrap up the scoring.
Hitting for Sterlington were White with a triple and two singles, Risinger with a triple and a single, Owens with two singles, Dycus and Colin Cork with doubles and Makia Smith, Dougan and Jack Skipper with singles.
Phillip Bradford tripled and Cason Deville and Levi Redding singled for East Ouachita.
Sterlington 13, Morehouse 12
East Ouachita North (Sterlington) raced to a 7-0 first-inning advantage and withstood a valiant Morehouse comeback for a thrilling 13-12 first-round victory on Thursday night (June 21).
In Thursday's nightcap, Sterlington maxed out for seven runs in the bottom of the first without making an out.
Mason Owens banged a leadoff triple to right-center and scored as Max Risinger reached on an error. Zack White's double to right-center set up cleanup batter Makia Smith's two-run single to left. Smith, who continued to third on a misplay in the outfield, crossed home as Broc Hogan was safe on a two-base throwing error.
Ian McGough's RBI single pushed Sterlington's margin to 5-0. Garrett Lee followed with an infield single and Drew Dougan lashed a two-run single to right.
Morehouse came alive for three in its half of the second.
Jacob McKoin poled a leadoff double to left-center. Xavier Harris, Noah Files and Brennen Tackett then reached on consecutive one-out errors, closing the gap to 7-3.
Sterlington picked up one in the second and four in the third to open up a commanding 12-3 bulge.
Colin Cork was safe on a one-out fielding error in the second, took third on Jack Skipper's base hit and came down the line on Owens' sacrifice fly.
White, Smith, Hogan and McGough started the home half of the third with successive singles. With one away, Dougan drilled a two-run single to right field, giving Sterlington what appeared to be a comfortable nine-run cushion.
Morehouse clawed its way back into the game with a seven-spot in the fourth.
McKoin made his way aboard on a one-out error and back-to-back infield singles by Maddox King and Harris loaded the bases. McKoin was safe on a play at the plate on Noah Files' fielder's choice.
Tackett's RBI groundout chased King across, trimming the deficit to 12-5.
Next up, Connor Lively legged out an infield hit and Dylan Downs and Franklin Hyde were both safe via error.
Back to the top of the batting order, Cole Hopkins bashed a two-run double, bringing Morehouse within 12-10.
Skipper singled with one down in the Sterlington fourth, advanced to second on Owens' infield single and scored what proved to be the game-winning run as Risinger grounded into a force play. Morehouse center fielder Franklin Hyde then made a running catch on White's line drive to end the inning.
Morehouse put the go-ahead run aboard in the fifth, but came up a run short.
Lester led off with a base hit up the middle and held at second on Edmonds' infield hit. One out later, King's infield single loaded the bases. Next up, Harris singled home two runs to bring Morehouse within 13-12 and conclude the scoring.
Owens went 2-for-2 with a triple and a single as Sterlington out-hit Morehouse 14-11. Dougan was the big run producer, going 2-for-2 with a double, a single and four RBI. White doubled and singled, Smith, McGough and Skipper contributed two singles and Hogan and Lee added base hits.
Sterlington catcher Jake Dycus started and ended the game with a pair of defensive gems. Ranging to his right, he flagged down a foul popup for the first out of the contest. In the top of the fifth, Dycus threw out a runner at third base for the game-ending out.
Lester, King and Harris stroked two singles apiece for Morehouse, Hopkins and McKoin doubled and Edmonds, Lively and Downs singled.