BASEBALL: Mid-County run-rules Ascension in Southwest Regional opener

Published 6:15 pm Friday, July 12, 2019

NEDERLAND — Mid-County scored twice as many runs as Ascension Parish, Louisiana, committed errors in the opening game of the Babe Ruth 16- to 18-year-old Southwest Regional.

The host team tallied eight hits and limited Ascension Parish to two hits in a four-inning, 14-0 win in the swelter of a Friday afternoon at Nederland High School’s Metreyeon-Delahoussaye Field. That moved Mid-County into the Friday evening contest against Petal, Mississippi.

“We swung the bat well, and we were really aggressive,” Mid-County coach Ben Rogers said. “It was nice to get aluminum bats.”

Kamden Grant of Mid-County fist-bumps manager Ben Rogers after reaching third base on an error Friday in Nederland. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 7-12-19

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Ascension Parish will take on the loser of Northwest Arkansas vs. Del Rio at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Peyton Miller struck out five and allowed one hit in three innings of a successful start. Kamden Grant threw two strikeouts and allowed no hits in the fourth inning, and Kadin Croak came on to hold Ascension to one hit and toss a strikeout in the fifth.

“All three of them pounded the strike zone,” Rogers said. “I can’t complain about nothing in that game.”

Kamden Grant of Mid-County crosses the plate against Ascension Parish, La., in the third inning Friday in Nederland. (I.C. Murrell/The News) 7-12-19

Rene Cunningham and Omar Mascorro each scored three runs in the win. Cunningham rounded the bases on the same play in the first inning with the help of two passed balls after reaching on a fielder’s choice. That set the tone for a five-run first and four-run second.

Mid-County added a run in the third and four in the fourth. Mascorro totaled two hits and drove in two runs while Landon Hiltz, Adam Roccaforte (two RBI), Justin Smith, Austin Schaper (RBI), Kadin Croak (two RBI) and Mason Brown each had a hit.

Reed Norwood threw two pitches and allowed five earned runs (nine overall) on four hits in two innings. Garrett Bourgeois gave up three earned runs on four hits in the next two.

“When the pitchers aren’t throwing strikes, we take our free bags,” Smith said. “But when they find the zone, we pound it because we know it’s coming.”

Lathan Lanoux garnered both Ascension hits.




At Nederland HS

Friday’s scores

Game 1: Mid-County 14, Ascension Parish, La., 0

Game 2: Northwest Arkansas vs. Del Rio

Game 3: Mid-County vs. Petal, Miss., 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

Game 4: Ascension Parish, La., vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 5: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s games

Game 7: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 winner, 3 p.m.

Game 8: Championship, 6 p.m. (second game, if necessary, TBA)

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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