Young Trojans' playoff run ended by Maud

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

May 7, 2007 - MOUNT PLEASANT - The Cumby Trojans needed one game to put everything together to advance to the area round of the Class A playoffs, but ran into a tough Maud Cardinals team in the bi-district round Saturday afternoon.

Maud defeated Cumby 11-2 at O'Cooley Field in a one-game playoff after the bad weather on Friday changed a best 2-out-of-3 series to the one-game scenario.

"Maud played well tonight," said Cumby coach Scott Mabe. "I had heard that they would put the ball in play and make you make mistakes and that is what they did. We had four errors on defense and four big base-running errors and you are not going to beat a good team playing like that.

"Rather than place blame, we start three freshman and the inexperience that we have really showed up. We put plays on to try to do something and one time we missed a sign and made a couple of mistakes here and there."

The Cardinals put together a two-out rally in the top of the first inning as Bob Sorsby reached with a single off Cumby starter Kris Stanford and then stole second. Stanford then hit Justin Foster and Justin Spig to load the bases. Taylor Carlow then rapped a bases-clearing double for a 3-0 lead.

Maud (14-7) added to its lead in the second inning as Codey Ott worked a walk against Stanford and stole second, Bradley McLain then put runners on first and third with a single and J.T. Stanley smacked a bases-clearing double for a 5-0 lead.

Cumby (14-11) scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning as Jason Wallace led off the inning with a walk and with one out Jeffrey Smith reached on a double, scoring Wallace. Smith then scored as Tanner Gomez reached base on an error with two outs for the 5-2 deficit.

Maud then added to its lead in the top of the fifth inning scoring three runs as they batted through the lineup off Stanford with no outs.

Sorsby lead off the inning with a walk, reached second on a single by Foster, went to third on an error by the third baseman and scored on a single by Carlow.

Stanford then walked Kyle Burnett scoring Foster for the 7-2 lead and was pulled after four innings of work giving up six hits, three walks, four strikeouts and two hit batters. Smith came into the game in relief and gave up a bases-loaded walk to Ott, scoring Spig, for the 8-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, Maud added two more runs off Smith as Sorsby and Foster reached on back-to-back walks and with one out Sorsby scored on a fielder's choice by Carlow for his fifth RBI of the game. After a walk to Burnett, Ott singled home Carlow for the 10-2 lead.

Carlow went 2-for-4 with a run scored and five RBI for the Cardinals.

In the seventh, Maud rounded out the scoring as McLain scored on a passed ball for the 11-2 finale.

Mabe said with only two seniors on this year's team, the Trojans will have the experience back next year to make another playoff run.

"We got three freshman and three sophomores and these guys have come a long way," he said. "This was the first time for them in the playoffs and some of them have not played in about 3-or-4 years so this was good for them."

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