Sterlington 17, Doyline 7
Exploding for 11 runs in a marathon first inning, the Sterlington Panthers coasted to a 17-7 victory over the Doyline Panthers on Saturday afternoon.
Third baseman Reece Brooks, right fielder Logan Rushing, designated hitter Kyle Elee and second baseman Zach Jones joined several veterans in Sterlington's starting lineup.
"You never know when you are going to need those guys, so it was good to get them some experience," coach Mark Sims said.
Doyline grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in the Sterlington Tournament game.
Trey Ware scorched a leadoff double down the left field line and Collin Eatman followed with an RBI single. Later in the inning, Hayden Engel singled home a run and Bryce Taylor hit into an RBI fielder's choice.
Doyline's lead was short-lived as the Panthers marched 17 batters to the plate in the home half of the first.
Luke Fluitt unloaded a two-run double and an RBI single and Elee added a two-run single to fuel the outburst. Sterlington also benefitted from five hit batsmen in the inning as Jacob Barr and Brooks were both plunked twice.
Barr's three-run bomb over the left field wall put Sterlington ahead14-7 in the second.
Brett Taylor, Doyline's third pitcher, struck out four straight batters en route to retiring seven in a row prior to a leadoff bunt single by Davis Johnson in the fifth.
Tucker Allen went 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, a sacrifice fly and four RBI to spearhead the host Panthers' 14-hit onslaught. Fluitt went 2-for-3 with a double and three ribbies, Jarrett McDonald and Jones collected two singles apiece, Barr went yard, and Dalton Dopson, Johnson, Logan Rushing and Elee singled.
Hitting for Doyline were Ware with a double and a single, Eatman with two singles, Hunter Carter with a double and Hayden Engel and Bryce Taylor with base knocks.
Will Rushing gave up one run (unearned) on two hits, struck out three and walked two in 3.2 innings for the win in relief of Nathan McClain.