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September 6, 2013

Asher trips Latta in 8th

Carla Harris
www.theadanews.com

Latta — It took eight innings to decide the outcome of the first game of the 2013 Latta Invitational Tournament. 

Asher’s Tim Johnson hit a two-out, solo home run in the top of the eight to give the Indians an exciting 7-6 win over the host Panthers Thursday afternoon.

Latta got a base runner on in both the seventh and eighth but could not plate a run.

Latta will play the Dale-Rock Creek loser today at 2:30 p.m., and Asher will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of that game at 7 p.m. tonight.

Asher got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning. Tanner Andrews led off the inning with a single and Trucker Lee walked. Phillip Leon then hit a hard line drive that Latta’s Parker Henderson snagged and threw to second to record a double play when Andrews strayed too far off the bag. Corey Holman then reached on catcher interference to put runners at first and second. Ryan Pybas singled to left to load the bases before George Merchain singled and knocked in Lee for a 1-0 Asher lead. 

Holman scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch to give the Indians an early 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom half of the inning, Henderson hit a solo home run — his first round-tripper of the fall — over left to cut the Latta deficit in half at 2-1.

Asher added to its lead in the top of the third. Johnson singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a wild pitch. Andrews then walked to put runners at the corners. Lee doubled and knocked in Johnson and Andrews for a 4-1 lead. Lee then moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Holman to put the Indians on top 5-1..

Latta came back in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Henderson and Ty Hoppe walked, and both runners advanced on a passed ball. Treston Tully then sacrificed to score Henderson. Nick Wilson singled to drive in another run and trim the AHS lead to 5-3. Designated hitter Trent Ellis then singled, and Tristan Monroe reached on an error that pushed across another Latta run. 

Ellis then scored on a wild pitch to even the game at 5-5. Austin Simpson followed with an RBI single of his own to put Latta in front 6-5. Kade Hayes singled, but Simpson was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning.

Asher tied the game at the top of the fifth. Lee walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Leon singled, and Lee later scored on a wild pitch to knot the score at 6-all. 

Asher threatened in the top of the seventh after Lee doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch with no outs. The Panther defense held strong ,and Lee was left stranded. 

Asher outhit Latta 9-7 in the contest. For the game, Johnson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Lee was 2-2, including two doubles with three runs scored and two RBIs.

For Latta, Simpson was 2-4 with an RBI and Hayes was also 2-for-4.

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Thursday’s Game

2013 Latta Invitational

First Round

Asher 7, Latta 6

(8 Innings)

ASHER 023 010 01 —  7  9  4

LATTA 010 500 00 —  6  7  1

    Tim Johnson, Tanner Andrews (7) and Phillip Leon. Tristan Wood, Brady Johnson (3) and Ty Hoppe. WP-Andrews. LP-Johnson. HR-Johnson (A), Parker Henderson (L), 2B-Trucker Lee 2 (A). HL-Johnson 3-4, 2 RS, RBI; Lee 2-2, 3 RS, 2 RBIs (A). Austin Simpson 2-4, RBI; Kade Hayes 2-4, Henderson 1-3, 2 RS, RBI (L).Special Correspondent

LATTA —It took eight innings to decide the outcome of the first game of the 2013 Latta Invitational Tournament. 

Asher’s Tim Johnson hit a two-out, solo home run in the top of the eight to give the Indians an exciting 7-6 win over the host Panthers Thursday afternoon.

Latta got a base runner on in both the seventh and eighth but could not plate a run.

Latta will play the Dale-Rock Creek loser today at 2:30 p.m., and Asher will advance to the semifinals to face the winner of that game at 7 p.m. tonight.

Asher got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning. Tanner Andrews led off the inning with a single and Trucker Lee walked. Phillip Leon then hit a hard line drive that Latta’s Parker Henderson snagged and threw to second to record a double play when Andrews strayed too far off the bag. Corey Holman then reached on catcher interference to put runners at first and second. Ryan Pybas singled to left to load the bases before George Merchain singled and knocked in Lee for a 1-0 Asher lead. 

Holman scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch to give the Indians an early 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom half of the inning, Henderson hit a solo home run — his first round-tripper of the fall — over left to cut the Latta deficit in half at 2-1.

Asher added to its lead in the top of the third. Johnson singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a wild pitch. Andrews then walked to put runners at the corners. Lee doubled and knocked in Johnson and Andrews for a 4-1 lead. Lee then moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Holman to put the Indians on top 5-1..

Latta came back in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. Henderson and Ty Hoppe walked, and both runners advanced on a passed ball. Treston Tully then sacrificed to score Henderson. Nick Wilson singled to drive in another run and trim the AHS lead to 5-3. Designated hitter Trent Ellis then singled, and Tristan Monroe reached on an error that pushed across another Latta run. 

Ellis then scored on a wild pitch to even the game at 5-5. Austin Simpson followed with an RBI single of his own to put Latta in front 6-5. Kade Hayes singled, but Simpson was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning.

Asher tied the game at the top of the fifth. Lee walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Leon singled, and Lee later scored on a wild pitch to knot the score at 6-all. 

Asher threatened in the top of the seventh after Lee doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch with no outs. The Panther defense held strong ,and Lee was left stranded. 

Asher outhit Latta 9-7 in the contest. For the game, Johnson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Lee was 2-2, including two doubles with three runs scored and two RBIs.

For Latta, Simpson was 2-4 with an RBI and Hayes was also 2-for-4.

———o———

Thursday’s Game

2013 Latta Invitational

First Round

Asher 7, Latta 6

(8 Innings)

ASHER 023 010 01 —  7  9  4

LATTA 010 500 00 —  6  7  1

    Tim Johnson, Tanner Andrews (7) and Phillip Leon. Tristan Wood, Brady Johnson (3) and Ty Hoppe. WP-Andrews. LP-Johnson. HR-Johnson (A), Parker Henderson (L), 2B-Trucker Lee 2 (A). HL-Johnson 3-4, 2 RS, RBI; Lee 2-2, 3 RS, 2 RBIs (A). Austin Simpson 2-4, RBI; Kade Hayes 2-4, Henderson 1-3, 2 RS, RBI (L).