SPORTS

Bulldog baseball eliminated from playoffs

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
Senior pitcher Hunter Medine pitching in the game against Oak Grove last Wednesday at the Lala Regira Field.

When ACHS pitcher Falcon Mire was subbed in to start top of eighth inning playoff game against no. 4 Oak Grove, he picked up the first two outs right away with hopes of closing out the inning with the game still tied at two a piece. The next batters he faced he walked and then was pulled off the mound for pitcher Reed Schexnayder to close the game. Schexnayder threw two wild pitches back-to-back and Oak Grove was able to go up 4-2 in the top of the eighth inning and eventually hold on for the win, advancing to the next round of the playoffs.

“We brought Falcon out and he got us the first two outs and walked a couple of guys and then I went to Reed and it’s just the way it worked out,” ACHS head coach Todd Landry said. “We were doing our best to get back in and do our best to hopefully win it in the eighth, but it didn’t work out.”

Senior pitcher started the game on the mound for no. 20 ACHS, in its second round playoff game, which was played at home on the Lala Regira Field. Medine came out strong to start the game, giving up no hits and no runs through the first two innings. Medine didn’t allow the Oak Grove Tigers to get on the scoreboard until late in the top of the sixth inning when he gave up two runs to tie the game at 2-2.

“The whole game I thought we were going ahead and win, but I guess I was overconfident,” Medine said. “My teammates played well behind me, we hit the ball decent, we made the routine plays except a few and I went out tried my best.”

The Bulldogs took the lead early that was boosted by a standup double by James Martin. Martin would steal his way to third base and eventually go home on a wild pitch that put ACHS 1-0.

Later, senior Tyler Simoneaux blasts a pitch to center field at the bottom of third inning for a double base hit. He was able to go home with a one run single by Grant Montero to extend the Bulldogs lead to 2-0.

After the Tigers tied the game at two in the sixth inning, junior D.J. Latino ended top of seventh with a line-drive catch and tag at third for double play that kept Oak Grove taking the win right away. However the Bulldogs offense was still in neutral.

“We got a couple of runs and had a chance on a squeeze play and we didn’t execute though,” Landry said. “I thought that was a run that we left out there on a double play. After that you have to give them credit, the battled, got some guys on base, and made the most out of the few hits they got and that’s what good teams do.”

After the seventh inning ended, Landry decided to change pitchers, moving Medine to the outfield and placing Mire on the mound who could possibly tally the save.

“Hunter Medine has a bright future and he was high up on his pitch count and I was not comfortable doing that to him,” Landry said. “I wasn’t going to let him throw one more inning because I have too much respect for him as a person and a player.”

Landry said he’s proud of the guys and despite its youth the team came a long way. He said the team had a lot of ups and a lot of downs during the year, but “I’m very proud of the way we finished.”

Medine added: “It feels good to go a little far in the playoffs, but it’s kind of aggravating when you know you could’ve gone a lot further. I’m going to remember all of these guys and will keep in touch with them. I want to thank coach Todd and all of his coaching staff for helping