BYNG — For the second straight year, the champions of the David Hill-Ryan Prescott Memorial Tournament are the McLoud Redskins.
The Redskins, who opened Saturday’s action at Stokes Field with a 6-0 semifinal win over the Latta Panthers, defeated the Coalgate Wildcats 8-5 Saturday night to win the title. Coalgate reached the championship game with an eight-inning, 11-8 victory over the tournament-host Byng Pirates.
In a battle of local rivals for third place, the Panthers spotted the Pirates eight runs in the first inning and rallied for a 14-8 come-from-behind win.
McLoud 8, Coalgate 5
Trailing 2-0 in the first inning, the Redskins (18-14), ranked 12th in Class 4A, took the lead for good in their half of the inning. A balk, an RBI groundout by Chris Guinn and a Coalgate error produced three runs for a 3-2 lead after an inning.
An RBI single by Clay Cox and another Coalgate error scored three runs for a 6-2 advantage after two innings.
After a scoreless third inning, Chris Brady’s RBI single in the fourth inning upped the McLoud lead to 7-2, and Dillon Endecott’s second home run of the day, and ninth of the season, led off the sixth inning to make it 8-2.
But the Wildcats (19-5), ranked seventh in Class 3A, would not go down without a fight. In the seventh inning, a McLoud error and an RBI double by Jackson Ward produced three runs to cut the deficit to 8-5.
But McLoud starting pitcher Garrett Carter got the next batter to ground out to him to end the game. Carter (4-9) got the complete-game victory as he struck out seven batters in seven innings.
The ’Cats scored first in the opening inning on an RBI double by Rhett Acker and an RBI single by Jacob Luellen for a 2-0 lead, which was erased by McLoud in its half of the frame.
For the game, Von Kendrick was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Cox was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Endecott was 1-for-3 with his solo homer and a run scored for the Redskins.
In defeat, Tanner Price was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Acker was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Luellen was 1-for-2 with an RBI for Coalgate. Bradley Stowe (3-2) suffered the loss for the Wildcats.
Latta 14, Byng 8
Trailing 8-0 before ever taking a turn at the plate, the Panthers (13-11), ranked fourth in Class 2A, slowly began the comeback in their half of the first inning.
Wacey Henderson’s solo homer, his eighth home run of the season, an RBI single by Colton Engle and a three-run homer by Tyler Reeves, his first of two in the game and third of the season, cut the Byng lead to 8-5 after one inning — which almost took 45 minutes to play.
Latta took the lead for good in the second inning on Dylan Tinkler’s fifth homer of 2010, a three-run shot, and Reeves second homer of the game, and fourth of the spring — a two-run homer — to give the Panthers a 10-8 advantage after two innings. At that point, the game had chewed up a little over half of the two-hour time limit.
A Byng error produced two more Latta runs in the third inning and Latta made it 14-8 in the fifth on a two-RBI single by Tinkler.
After the Pirates (12-10), who entered the day on a six-game winning streak and ended the day on a two-game losing skid, were retired in order in the sixth inning, the game was called due to the time limit — just as an intermittent shower sprinkled Stokes Field.
The Pirates seemed to take complete control of the game in the opening inning. A sacrifice fly by Ryan Williams, RBI singles by Blake Wheat and Brandon Fortner, a two-RBI double by Cody Williams, an RBI groundout by Justin Frazier and two wild pitches helped Byng build an 8-0 lead off three Latta pitchers. But the second reliever, Reeves, pitched the final 5.1 innings and allowed no runs on no hits and struck out six to get the win to improve to 3-2 on the season.
For Latta, Reeves was 2-for-3 with two homers, five runs batted in and two runs scored, Henderson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI; Tinkler was 2-for-3 with 5 RBIs and two runs scored; Engle was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Bryce Harris was 1-for-1 with four runs scored.
In defeat, Wheat was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI; Fortner was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI and Cody Williams was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored for Byng. Mason Groves suffered the loss in relief for the Pirates.
Coalgate 11, Byng 8
The Wildcats broke an 8-all tie in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Nolan Fanning and a two-run double by Luellen.
The ’Cats tied the game with a single run in the sixth inning as Stowe’s RBI hit with two outs scored Price to knot the score at 8-8.
Coalgate took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Luellen and Ryan Hefley.
The Pirates came back to tie the game in their half of the frame on an RBI single by Chaise Haley and a wild pitch.
Coalgate regained the lead in the second inning at 5-2 after RBI singles by Colby Lackey and Fanning, plus a wild pitch. However, Byng’s four-run second inning gave the Pirates a 6-5 lead, thanks to a Coalgate error and three straight RBIs by Haley, Ryan Williams and Groves as they were hit by pitches with the bases loaded.
Coalgate took the lead back on Luellen’s two-run homer, his fourth round-tripper of the season, to make it 7-6 in the fifth inning.
The Pirates regained the lead at 8-7 in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI double by Fortner and an RBI groundout by Cody Williams, setting up Coalgate’s late-inning rally to tie, and ultimately win the game.
Price was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Luellen was 3-for-4 with seven runs batted in and a run scored and Fanning was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Coalgate. Acker (8-1) got his second win in 48 hours for the Wildcats.
In defeat, Fortner was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Byng. Wheat (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Pirates.
McLoud 6, Latta 0
The game belonged to McLoud starting pitcher Endecott. He struck out 16 batters in seven innings, and aided his own cause with the first of two homers on the day.
A wild pitch scored Cox to make it 1-0, which became a 2-0 McLoud lead on a passed ball scoring Cox in the third inning.
The Redskins put the game away in the fifth inning as Endecott’s eighth homer of the season, a two-run shot, an RBI single by Carter and an error produced four runs for a 6-0 lead.
All the while, Latta had runners at first and second in the first and third innings, and a runner at second base in the fifth inning, but the Panthers could do nothing against Endecott as they had only three hits all total — singles by Engel, Henderson and Harris. Henderson (1-4) suffered the loss for the Panthers.
For McLoud, Endecott (6-1 with the win) was 1-for-2 with two runs batted in and a run scored, Carter was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI and Chris Brady was 1-for-4 with a run scored.