Photo courtesy of Bill Wood
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Jarvis Christian will be making its first appearance in the conference title game on Sunday as play continues in the 2017 RRAC Baseball Tournament at Pilot Field. The Bulldogs will face the winner of tomorrow's semifinal between RRAC newcomer Texas A&M-Texarkana and the host team, LSU Shreveport.
2017 RRAC Baseball Tournament Schedule/Results
The semifinal between TAMUT and LSUS will be played at 2 p.m. with the winner reaching the 6 p.m. championship game against JCC and needing to defeat the Bulldogs twice. A second championship game would be played on Monday if necessary.
Highlights from today's games:
TAMUT 13, USW 4 Trailing 4-1 heading into the fifth inning, the Eagles turned up the intensity with at least two runs in each of the last five innings of the game to avoid elimination. TAMUT leadoff hitter Cole Beckham was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Cade Davis and Zachary Boehler contributed two RBIs each. Seven Eagle batters had RBIs as they racked up 20 hits against five USW pitchers.
JCC 12, LSUS 9 In the highest scoring game of the tournament, the Bulldogs built a 12-3 lead through 5 1/2 innings with three RBIs from catcher Anthony Ortiz and two apiece from Koby Greene and Santos Abreu. The final flurry from JCC came in the sixth inning when the Bulldogs batted around and scored five runs. Greene and Abreu both had run-scoring doubles in the inning. The Pilots responded with three in the bottom of the sixth inning including a two-run double from Cade Gibson. LSUS tacked on three more in the ninth but it was too little too late for the team that has won five of the last six RRAC tournaments.
TAMUT 7, LSUA 6 The Eagles built a 7-0 lead on the regular season champions from LSUA on two home runs and four RBIs from Beckham. Kolton Perfect also drove in a pair of runs for TAMUT which had the edge going into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Generals tried to scratch back into the game with two runs in the sixth inning, one in the seventh and three in the eighth. Taylor Faulk notched a two-run homer for LSUA, while Trace Oliva and Ziggy Sloan added triples in the comeback effort. The last threat ended in the eighth inning after a Oliva cleared the bases with a two-run single and a third run scoring on a bobble. With two outs and the tying run on first, TAMUT relief pitcher Caleb Baker entered the game to strikeout Kris Tamplet to send the game to the ninth inning where he allowed one hit but was able to retire the side for the save.