COMO — The Eagles finished up their season on a high note on senior night. With solid performances from seniors and clutch hits and plays from freshmen, the Como-Pickton Eagle baseball team came out ahead with a 6-5 victory over Alba-Golden. The win caps another impressive week for the team, that saw three one-run wins, all come-from-behind victories."It was a great game," said C-P head baseball coach Dustin Carr. "We came back twice to tie it up. It was just unbelievable."
On the offensive side the scoring began with two outs in the first inning with a triple from C-P senior Ryan Carpenter and an RBI single from senior Austin Darby. These hits came off Alba’s pitcher Canyon Ellis, who pitched all nine innings and shut C-P down except for key hits when they were needed most.
In the bottom of the seventh Como-Pickton was trailing 3-2, when C-P freshman Brodie Ogle stepped to the plate, after battling off several tough two strike pitches, Ogle blasted a home run down the left field line that cleared the fence between the foul pole and the scoreboard to tie the game at three.
The Alba-Golden Panthers scored two in the top of the eighth to put them back ahead, which required another comeback by the C-P Eagles. Eagle sophomore Zach Carpenter led the inning off with a hit, but was forced out at second on a fielder’s choice, leaving Ryan Carpenter (his older brother) at first base.
Again, with two outs, key hits by the Eagles tied up the score. Jeff Hendricks, Eagle junior, knocked a hit to left to put men on first and second. Two pitches later, Ryan Carpenter and Jeff Hendricks pulled off a double steal in a key situation to put both runners in scoring position. On the next pitch C-P senior Austin Darby drove both runs in with a solid single to left, the senior finished the night 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
After shutting down Alba-Golden the next inning, Ogle again came through for the Eagles hitting a triple to left center to lead off the inning, after a strike out, another freshman, Tanner Brumley, stepped to the plate. On the first pitch Brumley laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Ogle from third, exciting the crowd and winning the game 6-5.
"On the mound Darby started his first game of the season, he hasn’t pitched due to arm trouble, but you wouldn’t have known it from watching," relayed coach. "He retired 10 out of the first 12 batters he faced, with the help of great defensive plays behind him and only gave up three runs through seven innings. A great performance to end his high school career."
"Ryan Carpenter ended up with the win with one inning of stellar relief, after pitching on Wednesday and getting the win against Quitman, he stepped in during the ninth inning and shut Alba-Golden down to allow for the late inning heroics," said Carr.
Winnsboro and Caddo Mills will be in playoff action for the district.
The Eagles finished the season 7-7 in district missing the playoffs by one game. "This is the best we have ever done," Carr recalled in his days at C-P.
Alba-Golden 0 0 0- 2 0 0- 1 2 0 5- 6- 0
Como-Pickton 1 0 0 -1 0 0- 1 2 1 6 -9- 3
Hitting leaders: Jeff Hendricks 2-3, 2 runs scored, 2 stolen bases; Austin Darby 3-4, 3 RBIs; Brodie Ogle 2-4, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI.
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