Monday, April 26, 2010

Bulldogs split with Paris...

Bulldogs split with Paris

Texarkana College moves closer to conference title

Staff photo by Eric J. Shelton Texarkana College’s Matt Lackie delivers a pitch against Paris Junior College during the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at Texas High. The Bulldogs dropped the opener in extra innings but salvaged a split with a 3-1 win in the nightcap.
Texarkana College remains on the brink of its second straight Region XIV East Zone title, but the Bulldogs would probably already be home free if they had taken care of business at their home away from home.

However, after Sunday’s split with Paris Junior College at Texas High, the Bulldogs are only 7-5 at Tiger Field and 11-1 outside Texarkana in the conference race.

Ironically, that one loss was at Paris, when TC’s defense collapsed in the final inning allowing the Dragons to post a come-from-behind win.

Sunday’s Game 1 appeared to be a case of deju vu, PJC again taking advantage of Bulldog mistakes to post a 5-4 win in eight innings. Game 2 was a different story, TC left-hander Nick Forgarty coming within one out of his second straight shutout as the Bulldogs won, 3-1.

“We’re definitely not satisfied with a split; never can be,” said Bulldogs coach Will Bolt, whose team still has at least a 2-game lead over Navarro after the latter was shocked by last-place Lon Morris on Wednesday. “We didn’t swing the bats that well today. We’re just having quality at-bats like we need to. We had a couple of big hits in the first game, but we had opportunities to put them away and we just didn’t do it.”

The Bulldogs (33-15, 18-6) travel to Tyler for a 3 p.m. non-conference, 9-inning game today.

Game 1

Paris 5, Texarkana 4 (8 innings)

Brad Picha’s solo homer on an 0-2 pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the game into overtime, and the Dragons won it on a throwing error in the top of the eighth.

“We were one strike away from winning the game,” said Bolt. “I think Franco (Pace) has given up two hits to left-handed hitters all year long, and he had him (Picha) in a good spot. But he got a breaking ball up, and he put a good swing on it and got the ball up in the wind.”

The Dragons won it in the next inning when closer Colton Reavis gave up a 1-out walk, and Rodney Garcia singled to right one out later. Phil Delisle, running on the play, came all the way around to score when the relay throw was lobbed over the cutoff man’s head.

It was the second straight unearned run for the Dragons, who scored in the sixth on a throwing error, although the tying run was thrown out at the plate.

“It (throw from outfield) was just a lack of focus, plain and simple,” Bolt said.

The Bulldogs staked starter Matt Lackie to a 4-1 lead through four innings. Tin Enriquez singled home a second-inning run, and Austin Atwell doubled in Richard Sanguinetti, who had tripled, to break a 1-1 tie in the third.

TC chased Paris starter Devin Avery from the mound in a 2-run fourth, two errors, a hit batsman and Jake Rogers’ RBI single making it 4-1.

But Paris scored single runs in the next four innings to claim the victory. Submarining right-hander Justin Scharf, who pitched McKinney North to a 2-1 win over state champion Texas High in last year’s playoffs, struck out four over the last two innings to pick up the win.

Sanguinetti, Brittan Diamond and Enriquez each had two of TC’s 10 hits.

Game 2

Texarkana 3, Paris 1

Forgarty pitched in and out of trouble in going the distance in the nightcap, which was switched from nine to seven innings after the opener went extra innings.

Fogarty, a left-hander from Canada, struck out four and walked three, and missed a shutout when a potential double-play grounder was bobbled in the seventh.

“Nick has been very good for us,” Bolt said. “He should have had a shutout today, and he was coming off a shutout last time out. He’s been throwing really well and has been able to mix up three pitches. He got himself into some jams today, but he made some nice pitches to get himself out.”

TC gave Fogarty all the support he needed with a 2-run first inning. Taylor Coleman singled up the middle to start the rally, and raced to third on Sanguinetti’s double down the line in right. Austin Atwell lofted a sacrifice fly to right, the speedy Coleman separating the catcher from the ball with a hard slide, and Jordy Snikeris drove in the second run with a ground ball to second.

Snikeris set up the third run with a hustle double leading off the fourth. After Hunter Allday sacrificed him to third, Diamond singled through the middle to make it 3-0.

Sangunetti was 2 for 2 and Coleman 2 for 3 to lead the Bulldogs, who had six hits. Picha, who was 4 for 4 in the opener, was held hitless and struck out twice against Fogarty. Garcia and Craig Whitehead had two hits each for Paris (26-19, 14-10).


Paris JC 001 011 11 — 5 7 2

Texarkana 011 200 00 — 4 10 3

Devin Avery, Jordan Badarack (4), Corey Farrell (4), Jordan Baker (5), Justin Scharf (7) and Andy Lalumandier. Matt Lackie, Justin Choate (6), Franco Pace (7), Colton Reavis (7) and Jordy Snikeris. WP-Scharf. LP-Reavis. HR: PJC-Brad Picha, 7th, none on.


Paris JC 000 000 1 — 1 6 1

Texarkana 200 100 x — 3 6 0

Matt Buckmaster, Jon Marc Abbey (6) and Devin Avery. Nick Fogarty and Jordy Snikeris. WP-Fogarty. LP-Buckmaster.