SOUTHAVEN, MS – The Fredericktown Blackcats faced several hardships in the Southhaven tournament, and the road only got rockier on Saturday when they faced off against the Senathobia Warriors on Saturday. Senathobia capitalized on strong hitting and a few Blackcats’ errors to triumph 18-6 in five innings.
Fredericktown’s Ryan Thompson singled in the first inning, and a hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases with one out. David Penwell drew a one-out walk to force a run across the plate. A ground out prevented any further damage, but the Blackcats took a 1-0 edge.
The Warrior’s Ryan Embre was walked on four straight pitches in the bottom of the first frame and advanced to second on a wild pick-off throw. After a hit batsman, Daniel Smith singled, and Embre beat the throw at the plate to tie the game. The bases were loaded for the Warriors after a mishandled strike-out pitch. Adam Moore drew a walk to force another tally across. Senathobia left three runners on base in the inning.
Fredericktown regained the lead in the second inning. After a pair of walked batsmen, a ground ball moved the two runners into scoring position. Taylor Fall came through with a big single with two outs to knock both runners in for a 3-2 contest.
The Warriors took control of the contest in the bottom of the second frame. The bases were loaded with only one out when Daniel Smith came through with a two-RBI single. Three more runs scored on an error followed by doubles from Sean Roberson and Cameron Scott. Embre capped off the inning with a RBI single tomake the score 9-3.
Matt Smallen reached second base in the top of the third inning due to a throwing error. Penwell laid down a bunt, then Dustin Bess knocked in Smallen with a ground ball to score another run for the Blackcats.
The Warriors scored eight more runs in the third inning, highlighted by a single and a bases-loaded triple by Taylor Walker in his two trips to the plate in the inning.The Warriors finished the inning with a comfortable 17-4 lead.
Bess kicked off the fifth inning with a double for Fredericktown, and later scored on a couple of ground balls for the Blackcats’ last run of the game.
Embre, Walker, and Smith all had two hits for the Warriors. Thompson and Fall were both 2-3 for Fredericktown. Mitchell was the winning pitcherfor the Warriors.
Fredericktown – 121 11 – 6 5 4
Senathobia – 278 1x – 18 9 1
WP – M Smith 3i 3h 5r 4er 4bb 2k 1hb. LP – L Stevens 2i 8h 11r 10er 4bb 4k 2hb.
Hitting: Fredericktown – R Thompson 2-3, T Fall 2-3, D Bess 1-3. 2b – D Bess 1-3. Senathobia – R Embre 2-3, T Walker 2-2, D Smith 2-2, S Roberson 1-3, A Moore 1-1, C Scott 1-2. 2b – S Roberson, C Scott. 3b – T Walker.