LATTA — The Asher Indians clubbed two home runs but couldn’t keep the Byng offense in check in a 14-4 loss to the Pirates Thursday in the first round of the 2018 Latta Fall Invitational baseball tournament.
Byng, ranked No. 5 in Class A, improved to 9-4 on the year, while Class B No. 5 Asher slipped to 6-8.
The Pirates took advantage of wildness by an Asher pitching staff that walked four, hit four batters and uncorked several wild pitches — most coming in a 10-run BHS outburst in the bottom of the second inning that allowed Byng to take control.
Asher used a solo homer by Braden Sanders and added an error-aided run in the top of the second to grab an early 2-0 lead.
In Byng’s big second-inning surge, the Pirates got a two-RBI single by Collin O’Grady and base hits by Nolan Feazle and Carson Capps to go with two Asher errors and the walks, hit batters and wild pitches.
Trevor Martin clubbed a solo home run in the top of the third inning to get within 10-3.
Byng answered with four runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Seth Brecheen and a three-run homer from Reid Johnson on a blast that just cleared the fence in right field.
Asher got an RBI single by Ty Herndon in the top of the fourth inning before Feazle shut the door from the mound. He struck out nine, walked three and surrendered two earned runs in four innings of work to pick up the pitching win.
O’Grady finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs from the top of the Byng lineup, while Feazle helped his own cause with a 2-for-2 effort. Byng totaled nine hits in the game.
Johnson drove in the three runs with his home run and also scored three times for the Pirates, while Trenton Shaw, Brecheen and Parker Presley scored two runs each.
The Latta Invitational concludes today with a consolation championship game at 11 a.m., a third-place game at 1 p.m. and the championship contest at 3 p.m.
Dale thumps Stonewall
The Dale Pirates produced 13 hits in just three innings and stuffed Stonewall 16-2 in a late first-round game at Panther Park.
Dale erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. The Pirates added seven more runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Bryce Crawford led the Dale onslaught, finishing 3-for-3 with a double, four RBIs and three runs scored. Ike Shirey clubbed a pair of doubles and went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
David Herring went 2-for-4 from the DHS leadoff spot, while Jared Rogers went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Jarrett Ellis cracked a two-run homer in the top of the third inning for Stonewall’s only runs. The Longhorns managed just four hits in the game.
Cooper Hunt earned the mound win for Dale. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter in four innings of work. Ty Humphers was tagged with the loss for Stonewall.