Eagles, Bossier split two

By Staff
ON THE RUN – MCC's Tyler Scarbrough makes a back handed grab on a leaping grounder.PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Marty Stamper/EMG sports assistant
March 30, 2002
In a year where highlights have been few, the Meridian Community College Eagles got their biggest thrill to date Friday afternoon as freshman Todd Doolittle tossed a no-hitter as the Eagles won the opener of a three-game series with Bossier Parish 5-1.
MCC was unable to complete the sweep as the Cavaliers posted a 9-4 victory in the second game.
MCC went to 12-19 overall and 2-3 in the Miss-Lou Conference. Bossier is 1-4 in the Miss-Lou and 17-17 overall.
A dropped fly ball just in front of the 320-foot sign in the left field corner by Nathan Sanders in the top of the fifth led to Bossier's only run in the opener as Doolittle lowered his 5.61 ERA.
Doolittle (3-2) struck out seven, walked two, and hit one batter. He gave up a leadoff walk to Ryan Frith and hit Dutchie Blanton to start the top of the seventh, but came back to strike out Chris Walton, Matt Doucet, and Chris Bertrand to end the game.
MCC had a unique situation in that all three Eagles who committed an error in the opener went on to atone for their mistakes at the plate.
MCC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a leadoff homer to right field by Tyler Scarbrough.
The Eagles got a solo homer from Sanders just to the right of the wall in center field for a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
After Bossier got its run in the top of the fifth, the Eagles got a two-run blast from Lance Dawkins in their half of the inning.
MCC's final run came on a two-out fly ball by Philip Garrett that landed just inside fair territory in shallow right field for a double.
Dawkins went 2-for-3 as the game's only multiple hitter.
Shane Kylen (4-3) took the loss.
Bossier got off to a 2-0 lead in the second game on a two-run bomb by Frith that landed above the rocks that spell MCC in left field.
MCC got one run back in the first as Wes Shows walked and scored on a single by Adam Smith.
The Eagles went up 3-2 in the second frame. A two-out single by Drew Van Sickle was followed by a two-run blast to left field by Brian Page.
The Cavaliers pulled back even in the top of the third. Adam Barfield reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a two-out double steal.
MCC temporarily reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third as Dawkins singled and scored on Smith's double.
The Cavaliers chased MCC starter Timothy Jones (3-3) in the fifth. Danny Guidry beat out an infield hit with Nolan Jones and Barfield reaching on bunt singles. Two runs scored on a double by Frith with the third coming home on a fielder's choice by Blanton. Frith scored the fourth run on a wild pitch.
In the two games, MCC committed six errors, while Bossier had only one.
Bossier picked up a pair of insurance runs in the sixth. Doucet doubled on a scored on a single by Barfield. Jones came home on an error by Scarbrough at second base.
Mark Alleman got the complete game win, allowing only one hit over the final four frames.
Page had a double and a homer, while Smith had a single and a double for MCC.
Bossier had 11 hits, four of which were for extra bases. Frith had a double and a homer to drive in five runs, while Guidry, Jones, and Barfield each had two singles.
Today's rubber game in the series is set for 1 p.m. at Scaggs Field.

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