St. Aloysius splits doubleheader with Riverfield

Published 9:18 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The St. Aloysius Flashes ran their winning streak to 11 games, and then saw it evaporate into thin air all in the same day.

Tyler Breithaupt went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs as the Flashes beat Riverfield Academy 10-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Bazinsky Field.

The win was the 11th in a row to start the season for St. Al, but the streak ended with an 11-5 loss in game two.

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“We could not put at-bats together and gave them extra outs,” St. Al coach Sid Naron said. “I did not have them ready to play.”

Landon Middleton pitched a five-inning complete game in the opener, and was backed by plenty of offense. Kieran Theriot, Jake Pierce and Justin Ehrgott all had two hits apiece.

In game two, Middleton went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Josh Collins was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Flashes (11-1, 1-1 District 3-AAA) on the winning track.

“Being the conference opener, you hate to lose one of the three games at home,” Naron said. “But we have an opportunity Thursday to win the series and I believe our guys will respond.”

The third game of the series will be Thursday at 6 p.m. in Rayville, La. It was moved up one day because of a schedule conflict with a school function at Riverfield.

Franklin Academy 12, Porters Chapel 10

Franklin Academy scored four runs in the first inning, four more in the fifth, and held off a late rally by Porters Chapel Academy to win in the District 5-AA opener for both teams.

PCA (14-8, 0-1 District 5-AA) committed seven errors in the game.

Bailey McMillian went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for PCA. Garrett Hutchins went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Ryan Collins had two hits.

Warren Central 9, Greenville 1

D.J. Lewis went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored, Caleb Sterling drove in two runs, and Warren Central (8-6, 3-0 Division 4-6A) beat Greenville Tuesday night at Viking Field.

Sterling’s two-run single in the bottom of the first inning put Warren Central ahead, and it blew the game open with five runs in the third. Lewis tripled and scored on an error in the third-inning rally.

Tyler McRight had an RBI single in the fifth inning and Hank Holdiness hit a sacrifice fly to make it 9-1.

“It was some good and some bad. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do offensively. We had some bright spots, though,” Warren Central coach Conner Douglas said. “We have to eliminate the freebies on the mound and defensively.”

Aaron Greene started on the mound and earned the win for WC. He went four innings, allowed one unearned run, no hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Morgan Jarabica pitched the last three innings without giving up a run. He allowed one hit and one walk, and struck out five.

Warren Central beat Greenville for the fourth consecutive time, and the 23rd time in their last 25 meetings. It also won its 13th consecutive division game — Greenville was the last division opponent to beat the Vikings, back in 2015 — and remained in first place.

WC and Greenville will play again Friday in Greenville.

“We are happy, but far from satisfied. All our struggles are simple fixes, and I’m glad our mental mistakes happened when they did and not in the division or the playoffs. We have learned valuable lessons from it,” Douglas said.

Ridgeland 16, Vicksburg 1

Vicksburg’s spring break bounce, it seems, is over.

Ridgeland scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and hammered the Gators in a Division 4-5A matchup.

After winning two out of three at last week’s spring break tournament at Bazinsky Field, Vicksburg (3-8, 0-3 Division 4-5A) has been outscored 32-2 in two games this week. It’ll get another crack at Ridgeland Friday night at home, and then hosts Natchez on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas Milam went 2-for-3 with a triple, five RBIs and three runs scored for Ridgeland (6-6, 3-0). Dwayne Stevens was 2-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored, and Ryan Ishee drove in three runs.

Alfred Barnes and Chandler Luke each had a single for Vicksburg, but the rest of the lineup did not have a hit. After Luke led off the fourth inning with a single, courtesy runner Rashad Flaggs scored the Gators’ only run on a passed ball.