Prairie View 12, Riverfield 6 (2nd game)
Lucas Crockett, Drake Wilmore and Tanner Caldwell collected two hits apiece and Matt Reed went the distance on the mound as Prairie View topped Riverfield 12-6 Saturday night in the season finale for both teams.
Trailing 5-3 entering the home half of the fourth, the Spartans (14-8, 4-5) parlayed five walks, a hit batsman, two hits and an error into seven runs.
Free passes to Chyenne Mayo, Cole Bryan and Brandon Jacobs loaded the bases with nobody out.
With one away, a scary moment occurred. Squaring around to bunt, Layne Gray was beaned in the lower throat area. Nolan Whorton was inserted into the game to pinch run for the dazed Gray.
After being treated by Dr. E.D. Baker in the dugout, Gray returned to third base in the top of the fifth, singled in his next at bat in the bottom of the fifth and finished out the game.
Gray had plenty of time to recover as the Spartans sent seven more batters to the plate (12 total for the half inning) before the side was retired.
Crockett's run-producing single past a drawn-in infield and eighth grader Tanner Caldwell's RBI bunt single — his first varsity hit — helped the Spartans built a 10-5 lead.
Riverfield cut the lead to 10-6 with one in the sixth, before Dylan Carroll's two-run single in the bottom of the frame concluded the scoring.
Prairie View went up 3-0 in the second.
Wilmore's sinking liner fell for a leadoff single and Crockett shellacked a double to right, placing runners at second and third with nobody out.
Caldwell followed with an RBI groundout, plating Wilmore with the first run of the game.
Back to the top of the lineup, Crockett scored easily on an overthrow to the plate as Mayo reached on a fielder's choice and picked up the extra bag on the high toss.
Mayo later stole third and scored on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 3-0.
Reed, a senior lefthander who made his first varsity start as a seventh grader, overcame a rocky third inning in which the Raiders generated five runs on four hits, a walk and an error.
Patrick Pelley's RBI single, Chase Eppinette's run-scoring double and Connor Copleand's two-run single staked the Raiders to a 5-3 lead.
Pitching through tendonitis, Reed struck out seven and walked four in logging the complete game victory.
Prairie View out-hit the Raiders 9-8. Crockett doubled and singled, Wilmore went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a bases-loaded walk, Caldwell went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bryan, Carroll and Gray singled.
For Riverfield, Eppinette doubled and singled, Simmons and Copeland accounted for a pair of singles, George Word doubled and Pelley had a base hit.
Copeland, the second of three Riverfield pitchers, was dealt the loss.
Notes: Prairie View's four seniors (Dylan Carroll, Brandon Jacobs, Chyenne Mayo and Matt Reed) were recognized in a Senior Day ceremony preceding the first game. … Reaching base safely in his first seven plate appearances, Cole Bryan finished the twinbill 3-for-4, while scoring four runs. The sophomore second baseman drew three walks and was twice hit by pitches. ... Eleven batters were awarded first base after HBPs in the double header, including eight in the opener. ... Following a series of rainouts, Riverfield was forced to play double headers on back-to-back nights. River Oaks swept the Raiders on Friday night, clinching second place. ... Riverfield finished in the conference cellar, but played the spoiler by picking up its two district wins at the Spartans' expense.