Bossier puts MCC into deep hole

By Staff
FAST STEAL – Bossier's Ron McBeth steals 2nd against MCC's Lance Dawkins. PHOTO BY PAULA MERRITT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Jeff Byrd/staff writer
March 31, 2002
The Meridian Community College baseball Eagles now find themselves in a deep hole after dropping a three-game, Miss-Lou Conference series to Bossier Parish Community College Saturday afternoon at Scaggs Field.
After a Friday split that left Meridian up a game in a race for the Region 23 Tournament, Bossier came back to take the deciding game by a 7-2 score. By virtue of a 2-1 series win, the Cavaliers have the upper hand even though now, both teams are 2-4 in league action.
Meridian finds itself at 12-20 overall and following Wednesday's date with Alabama Southern, will have 13 of the next 14 games on the road. That includes all six remaining league games. The Eagles are 1-7 in road games.
Eagles head coach Mike Federico pretty much summed up the blunt state of affairs following the 7-2 loss.
Things looked promising early when Adam Smith belted a two-run blast to center field putting the Eagles ahead 2-0. The homer was Smith's seventh of the season tying him with Tyler Scarbrough for the team lead.
The lead, though, wouldn't hold. Bossier City would reel off the next seven runs without an answer from Meridian.
The rally began in the fourth when Bossier scored two runs with two outs. A single by Dutchie Blanton scored Nolan Jones who had reached on a hit-by-pitch and then went to second on a balk.
An error at third put Blanton in scoring position. Matt Doucet then singled to right tying the game at 2-2.
The sixth would be just as bad as the Eagles committed a pair of costly throwing errors to set up Bossier to take the lead. An off throw from third put leadoff man Adam Barfield on.
Following a bunt hit by Ryan Frith, Blanton sent a fly ball to center. MCC's Wes Shows made the catch but Barfield tagged up in a reach for third base.
Smith lost his footing behind third and Shows' throw sailed into the Eagle dugout. Barfield was awarded home and Frith took third. William Broussard then singled in Frith to make it 4-2.
Bossier tacked on some insurance in the seventh with three more runs. Again with two out and facing Eagle reliever Damien Givens, the Cavaliers got three straight hits from Frith, Blanton and Broussard. Blanton's was good for one run and Broussard's accounted for two.
Meridian, meanwhile, just couldn't get anything going on offense. They got a hit in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but Bossier's defense and MCC's mistake-prone base-running proved fatal.
In the sixth, Scarbrough had a lead off single only to be erased on a double-play ball. In the seventh, a pinch-runner was picked off second base for the second out, killing a two-on and one-out situation.
Bossier pitcher Robert Rome cruised through the eighth before turning the game over to Dustin Emberley in the ninth. The last seven Eagles were retired in order.
Bossier coach Sean McCann said Rome delievered a key performance.
Rome scattered six hits over eight innings. He fanned six.
Justin Rayborn took the loss in falling to 2-4. He allowed just two earned runs but three Eagle errors cost him.
Scarbrough and Lance Dawkins both had two hits to pace MCC.
Bossier, now 18-17, got a 4-for-5 game from Blanton. Broussard drove in three off two hits and Frith also had two hits.

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