Pony Americans cruise past Jennings
Crowley’s Collin Kirsch fires a pitch to the plate Thursday during the Pony Americans’ 26-4 victory over Jennings in the opening round of the Sectional Tournament.
CROWLEY – The Jennings All-Stars scored three runs in the top of the first inning and seemed to have seized the early momentum Thursday in their Pony Sectional Tournament opener against the host Crowley Americans.
And then the Crowley Americans came to bat.
That was the beginning of the end for the visitors.
Crowley answered with five runs in the bottom of the frame and never looked back in a 26-4 thrashing of Jennings in a game that was halted after the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
“They (Jennings) were able to jump out on us, but we did a great job of responding,” said Americans’ coach Chris Stevens. “They threw a pretty good arm at us, but the kids had been waiting for a challenge all summer and when they got going, it was contagious.”
The Americans tacked on eight more runs in a second frame that saw 10 batters step to the plate. Garrett Cormier had a two-run home run during that outburst and Collin Kirsch had an RBI single.
Kirsch, the Americans’ starting pitcher, got into a jam in the third inning when Jennings loaded the bases with one out.
But John William Lamm took over on the mound and worked out of what could have been a big inning by getting Brent Meche to line into an inning- ending double play.
Jennings scored just one run in the frame to cut the lead to 13-4.
“In the third, Collin lost a little bit of control and I just didn’t feel like he was in command of the game so we went to John William,” said Stevens of the pitching change. “We walked the next guy and gave up a run which was no big deal; but we wanted to hold it there and then we get line drive to double them up and get out of there.”
The Americans then put the game completely out of reach, if it wasn’t already, by 12 runs in the bottom of the third.
Thomas Stevens had a two-run home run in the frame and Tristian Miller added a two-run blast over the right center field wall.
The Americans plated their final run in the fourth on an RBI single by Will Doughty.
In all, the Americans sent 42 batters to the plate in four innings and collected 21 hits.
Cormier led the charge with a 4-for-4 performance that included a double, a home run and three RBI. Kirsch followed with three doubles and three RBI while Stevens had three hits and four RBI. Doughty also had three hits and two RBI.
John Hoffpauir finished with two hits, including a double and an RBI; Miller doubled, homered and drove in four; Devin Mouton singled and drove in two and Bryce Gatte, Kaizer Lamm and John William Lamm each logged a single.