Blue Jays slip past Iota

Iota’s Michael Miers drives a pitch to right field Thursday during the Bulldogs’ 5-4 loss to St. Edmund at Miller Stadium.

CROWLEY – For seven innings, the big hit eluded the Iota Bulldogs Thursday afternoon.
In the end, so did the Bulldogs’ first victory.
Iota (0-5) stranded 14 runners, nine in scoring position, during a 5-4 loss to St. Edmund in the opening game of the CHS Gilbert Tevy Memorial Diamond Classic at Miller Stadium.
“We just couldn’t come across with a timely hit tonight,” said IHS coach Scotty Roy. “And it’s mostly a mental thing with our guys just over thinking the situation instead of just letting stuff happen.
“You pair that up with swinging at bad pitches and getting yourself in a hole and now the tide turns into the pitchers favor.
“We’re trying and the kids are working hard, I can’t fault them for that.  We just make, at the inopportune time whether it’s at the plate or on the bases, a mental error.”
The Bulldogs sent three pitchers to the mound in the contest and the trio scattered eight hits and gave up just two earned runs on the night. The other three runs were courtesy of five Iota errors.
“Anytime you have a close game like that and we have an error, it seems to be that we can’t come back from it because we lose our composure,” said  Roy, whose team has lost two games in extra innings this year. “We’re lacking confidence and we haven’t been able to find that one person who steps up and takes control.
“We’re making errors and we’re making mistakes that we shouldn’t be making with the experience that these guys have.”
Garrett Reppond took the mound for the Bulldogs in the first two innings and gave a pair of runs, both earned, on three hits and two walks. Michael Thevis took over in the third inning and surrendered an unearned run on three hits and one walk before Beau Miller was tagged with two unearned runs on two hits in the final two frames.
“Our pitchers gave us a chance,” said Roy. “They kept us in the game. They did a good job tonight and that wasn’t what hurt us. It was the errors and the lack of timely hitting.”
Iota actually took a 2-0 advantage in the first inning when Tim Lunson had a two-out single that plated Kyle Smith, who singled, and J.T. LeJeune, who reached base on a fielder’s choice.
The Blue Jays answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning and each team scored one run in the third.
The Blue Jays took a 4-3 lead in the sixth courtesy of an error and a wild pitch before Grant Leonards, pinch running for Reppond, returned the favor in the top of the seventh, crossing the plate on a wild pitch to knot the game at 4-4.
But the Blue Jays scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Ross LeFleur reached base on an error and eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
Lunson, Miller, Thevis, Kyle Smith and Kevin Pousson each had one hit for the Bulldogs.
Christian Walker and Alex Hunt each posted two hits for the Blue Jays while Alex Hunt, Will Chachere, Ross LaFleur, Gibson LaFleur and Drew Brown each had one hit.

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