Collinsville tacks up unearned runs in bi-district win
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 13, 2004 -- GREENVILLE -- Cumby gave up fewer earned runs, had more hits and more RBIs than did Collinsville Wednesday night. But, the scoreboard didn't show it.

Collinsville pushed across four unearned runs, taking advantage of four Cumby errors and a passed ball, to win the Class 1A bi-district playoff contest, 5-3.

The undoing for the Trojans (13-6) happened in the fifth and sixth innings when Collinsville overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in each frame without benefit of a hit.

Cumby southpaw Mika Robertson took the hard-luck loss despite throwing 4 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, fanning nine and walking just one. Of the four runs charged to him, none were earned. He relieved starter John Bendall, who allowed three hits, hit two batters and struck out four in 2 2/3.

Collinsville' Eric Patterson threw a 125-pitch complete game, giving up six hits and two walks while striking out 13. He was charged with two earned runs.

Cumby took a 2-1 lead into the top of the fifth, but things turned ominously for the Trojans on the first pitch. Collinsville's Kelly Ford, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, reached on an infield error. After Robertson struck out Matt Morris, the next two Pirate batters also reached on infield errors, scoring two runs and giving Collinsville a 3-2 lead.

The advantage grew in the sixth when Trey Ross led off the inning with a full-count walk and went to third on a Cumby error off of a sacrifice bunt by Joel Davenport. Ross scored on a passed ball on a pitchout, and Davenport came around on Ford's ground out.

That gave Collinsville a 5-2 lead, but Cumby didn't go down easily.

In their half of the sixth, Cumby's Justin Taylor was hit by a pitch, went to third on Jeffery Smith's single to left and scored on Ronnie Abbott's line drive single to center. Abbott went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

The Trojans had the tying runs in scoring position, but Patterson got one of his 13 strikeouts to get out of the inning. He then set down Cumby 1-2-3 in the seventh to close out the game.

Cumby scored first in the second inning when Chris Romans drew a four-pitch walk, stole second and scored on Abbott's two-out single to left.

The Pirates tied it in the top of the third by loading the bases singles by Ford and Morris and a hit batter in Bruey Terrazos by Bendall. Robertson came into to relieve and immediately picked off Terrazos, who fell and started rolling toward right field. By the time Bendall, who was now at first, was able to tag the rolling Terrazos, Ford motored home from third.

The Trojans, though, came back in their half of the second when Bendall reached on an error, the only miscue the Pirates made, and came around on consecutive singles by Robertson and Jake Petty. Collinsville kept the damage to a minimum with an unusual 9-4-5-3 double play. After Petty's RBI single to right, Robertson was caught in a rundown between second and third and eventually tagged out, then Petty was thrown out trying to scramble back to first.

Collinsville (18-4) advances to the area round of the playoffs, where they will meet Maud.

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