LATTA — It wasn’t the best of days for local powers Byng and Latta at the 2018 Latta Fall Invitational baseball tournament Saturday afternoon.
The host Panthers were pummeled 10-1 by Silo in the third-place game before Dale socked Byng 9-1 in the championship contest.
Dale, ranked No. 3 in Class A, improved to 14-4 with the win, while Byng slipped to 10-5. That loss came less than 24 hours after the Pirates had upset No. 1 Silo 2-1 in a classic semifinal match to snap a 17 game, season-opening win streak by the Rebels.
Silo’s win over Latta gave veteran coach Billy Jack Bowen his 2,000th career victory. Only former Asher legend Murl Bowen and Latta’s Eddie Collins have more victories.
The Panthers, ranked No. 14 in Class A, leave the tournament at 4-6.
Dale 9, Byng 1
Dale scored at least two runs in every inning against the Pirates, while Byng stranded nine baserunners — including two each in the first three innings and three in the fifth and final frame.
“We left some base runners on just about every inning. When you face a team like Dale and you have chances to score, you have to take advantage of that,” said first-year Byng head coach Chad Colbert.
Byng used four different pitchers to try and slow down the Dale offense and none were super effective. Dale pounded 10 hits in four innings.
“They’re a dang good ballclub and they hit the ball very well,” Colbert said. “We had trouble on the mound today. We left the ball up all day long. Against a good team like that, you can’t live up in the zone. When you combine leaving people on base and living up in the zone, it’s going to be a long day.”
David Herring led the Dale attack, finishing 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs from the top of the DHS batting order. Cade McQuain homer in a 2-for-2 outing for Dale, while Karson Hunt went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Byng managed just two hits in the game — a solo home run by Nolan Feazle in the top of the first inning and a double by Trenton Shaw to lead off the third inning. The Pirates would load the bases in the frame but Dale got out the jam without giving up a run thanks in part to a running catch of a well-hit ball by Tyler Bargas by left fielder Cooper Hunt and a double play.
Still, Colbert said it was a solid showing by his bunch in the rugged tournament.
“I’m proud of our guys. We beat a good Asher team ... and of course Silo is always good and we played really well (in the 2-1 win),” he said. “We have to have that consistency from day to day if we want to be a championship ballclub.”
Byng is at Crowder at 4:30 p.m. today and travels to the Okarche Festival Thursday.
Silo 10, Latta 1
Silo scored five error-aided runs in the bottom of the first inning and the Panthers never recovered.
Latta scored in the top of the first inning. Randis Gray ripped a two-out double and raced home on an RBI single by Tucker Abney that made it 1-0.
Silo’s first-inning volley included a two-RBI double by Tanner Graves and an RBI double by Jacob Lawless.
Carson Atwood smashed a two-run homer in a three-run SHS uprising in the bottom of the second inning that put the Rebels on top 8-1.
Back-to-back RBI hits from Atwood and Kash Wall in the third inning ended the scoring.
Latta loaded the bases on three consecutive one-out single by Braden Schroeder, Zac Byrd and Rylan Reed in the top of the fourth inning but couldn’t push across a run.
Atwood led a 10-hit SHS attack, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Wall had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Joyal Savage finished 1-for-3 and scored three times.
Korben Ford struck out five and walked two in two innings of work to earn the mound win, while Lawless pitched three shutout innings in relief with four strikeouts and one walk.
Reed was tagged with the loss, giving up four earned runs in 2.2 innings. Chance Perry recorded the final out of the third inning and pitched a scoreless fourth frame for the Panthers.
Latta hosts Roff at 4:30 p.m. today and is at the Asher Festival Thursday afternoon.