Barlow’s bombs bury SIA, 29-0

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2003

[4/2/03]Porters Chapel Academy went to Rolling Fork Tuesday for its game with Sharkey-Issaquena Academy as a heavy favorite. Nothing, though, could have prepared the Eagles for what happened next.

PCA hit eight home runs including three by Humphrey Barlow in his first three at-bats and scored 29 runs in three innings during a 29-0 win.

“In all my years of playing baseball, and in all my years of coaching baseball, I have never seen anything like what we did today,” PCA coach Randy Wright said. “We were on a pretty big field, and the wind was blowing out, but none of the home runs we hit today were cheap. They were all well-hit balls, and all of them would have been gone if the wind wasn’t blowing. It was just one of those days where everything we hit was just flying out of there.”

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Barlow just missed a couple of more home runs, flying out in one at-bat and hitting a ground-rule double in another. He finished 4-for-5, with the three homers and seven RBIs.

Chase Towne also had four hits, going 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs, Andrew Embry homered and drove in four runs, Aaron Curry had two doubles and an RBI, and Josh Rush was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

Wes Massey and Dan Ivey also homered and drove in four runs apiece. Ivey’s homer was a pinch-hit grand slam that brought in the last four runs for PCA (15-2, 7-0 Conference 5-A).

Ryan Hoben also had two hits for the Eagles, and teamed with Josh Gain to no-hit the Confederates, whose only baserunner came when Hoben hit a batter with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning.

Clinton 8, WC 5

Clinton kept pace with Vicksburg in the race for the Division 4-5A crown and eliminated the five-time division champions from the playoffs.

Tom Corbin had a single and a home run, but WC pitchers hit two Arrows and walked a season-high seven batters.

“Our pitchers have done an outstanding job all season throwing strikes and giving us a chance to win,” WC coach Randy Broome said.

Clinton scored two in the first and added three runs in each of the second and third innings.

The Vikings (8-12, 1-4) will play at Vicksburg on Thursday at 7 p.m.

St. Aloysius 9, West Lincoln 1

Jason Brown (4-1) scattered five hits and struck out 10 in seven innings, and Charlie Amborn had two hits and three RBIs as St. Aloysius clinched a playoff berth.

St. Al (8-4, 5-1 Division 7-1A) can win the division title by beating Bogue Chitto on Friday and Cathedral by more than one run next week.

“That gives us a chance to relax. It takes the pressure off us a little bit,” St. Al coach Joe Graves said of making the playoffs.

Jordan Muirhead, Walker Hengst, and Kyle Richards each had a double as every St. Al starter had at least one hit. Richards drove in two runs and Muirhead had one RBI.