St. Aloysius beats VHS to win WC junior tournament|[06/29/08]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 29, 2008

Brendan Beesley’s two-out single in the bottom of the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted St. Aloysius to the Warren Central Junior Tournament title Saturday afternoon at Viking Field 3-2 over the Vicksburg Gators.

The win was the second in the tournament for the Flashes over VHS. This time, though, they had to win it without star players Ryno Martin-Nez and catcher Sean Weaver who are in Meridian playing in the State Games of Mississippi

Stephen Evans filled in for Weaver and did an outstanding job behind the plate, throwing out three Gator runners on attempted steals.

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“Every once in awhile, I get to catch,” Evans said. He is normally the Flashes’ No. 2 starting pitcher behind Martin-Nez. He got the win earlier Saturday in an 8-2 decision over host Warren Central to reach the finals. Regan Nosser, who has emerged as another potential starting pitcher for St. Al, got the nod against Vicksburg.

“Regan has been getting better on the mound all summer. He just missed that one spot on the home run by Jacob (Thomas),” Evans said.

Thomas’ leadoff shot to right, just off the parked school buses behind the fence, broke a scoreless battle in the top of the fifth. After an out, Antonio Williams and Cody Waddell both singled to drive in another run to give Vicksburg starter Cameron Cooksey a 2-0 lead.

The Flashes bounced back in their half of the fifth with Judson Gatling reaching on an error and Beesley drawing a one-out walk. Nosser helped his cause with a ground ball out to second base to score Gatling to make it 2-1. Pierson Waring then got Beesley in on a grounder to short which he beat out to tie the game.

Joseph Brown pitched a scoreless sixth inning in relief of Nosser. In the bottom half of the sixth, the Flashes faced Vicksburg reliever Keaton Jones. Justin Rushing started the inning with a single before Jones came back with two straight strikeouts.

A wild pitch moved Rushing up a base and following a walk, Beesley sent a hit past second base to score Rushing with the walk-off single.

“We had some bad hops change the game for us. That happens,” Gators coach Roosevelt Brown said. “I was proud of them in that we didn’t kick the ball around like we did Monday when we played them. Jacob did a great job on the home run. That’s something I’ve worked with him, trying to stay more aggressive as a hitter.”

Both teams finished with four hits. Brown got the win in relief. Nosser went five innings and allowed two earned runs off four hits and two walks. Jones took the loss for the Gators, who advanced to the finals with a 5-3 win over Clinton earlier Saturday.

St. Al coach Clint Wilkerson said the WC title is a good feather in the cap for the Flashes.

“We’ve got four more games next week, but this is already the best summer we’ve had in three years. The guys did a great job,” Wilkerson said.