Story Archives: Dragons fall in semis
|Dragons fall in semis|
Mangham's quest for a state 1A baseball championship came up short on Wednesday in Alexandria on Bringhurst Field.
In a rematch with the Wolverines of Northlake Christian of Covington, the Dragons were defeated by a final score of 2-1.
Alan Williams (16-3) pitched the entire game and surrendered only five hits, walked one and hit two batters.
Northlake used a tandem of two left handed pitchers and limited the Dragons to seven hits.
Brian Picou started for the Wolverines and went four innings and gave up all seven hits and Justin Cromartie pitched the final three innings.
The Dragons' first opportunity to score came early, in the top of the first when Williams led off with a single. With one out, Tyler Everitt singled putting runners on the corners. Jeb Bryan then hit a high chopper past the mound that was fielded by Picou who attempted to get Williams at third but Williams was able to get back just under the tag.
A courtesy runner came in for Bryan and was picked off first for the second out of the inning. Picou then struck out the next batter to end the Dragon threat.
After a quick second inning, the Dragons again mounted an attack in the third.
Karl Wiggers led off with a single through the left side and Tyler Everitt then singled to center field. Bryan then plated Wiggers with a single to left center field. Josh Wilson then loaded the bases with a sharp single to left field. But the Dragon rally then faltered as Picou struck out the side and stranded the three runners.
The Dragons failed to score in the fourth inning and the Wolverines tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Sam Scheibal was hit on the hands to reach first base.
He advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on catcher Ryan Pfefferle's single.
Northlake Christian brought in Cromartie in the top of the fifth and he faced only 10 hitters over the final three innings. He used his fastball almost exclusively to strike out eight batters and allowed only one runner to reach on a walk.
In the sixth, Cromartie reached first on a high chopper to deep first base and beat it out for a single. Then a courtesy runner stole second and reached third when the ball went into center field.
Pfefferle then drove in the go ahead run and the Dragons were down to their last three outs.
From there it was all Cromartie as he proceeded to strike out the side and avenge an 11-0 loss to the Dragons in last year's semi-final game.
Northlake Christian lost to Ouachita Christian 5-4 on Saturday night.