Bogalusa’s Harris one hits Independence

Published 4:00 pm Friday, April 3, 2015

A pitcher throwing a complete game shutout and scoring three runs of his own ensures a team will win the game.

Travion Harris’ performance was one of the keys for Bogalusa in the Lumberjacks’ 10-0 victory over Independence in a District 8-3A home game held Tuesday.

Harris was solid on the mound and at the plate.

Harris threw a one-hitter. He finished with 11 strikeouts and no walks, and he hit a batter.

Independence put just five balls in play against Harris. Two of them were in the first inning.

The leadoff hitter popped out to Elijah Hatcher. The third batter grounded out to Hatcher, who threw to first baseman Rodarrius Pittman for the out.

The next seven outs came via the strikeout. During the streak, Independence got its first base runner when Harris hit Whitney Guerra in the second.

Jude Perrin broke up the no-hit bid by singling up the middle with two outs in the third. Perrin stole second but was stranded there.

The other two balls put in play were a groundout to Pittman in the fourth and a grounder back to Harris. He threw to Pittman to end the fifth inning.

Harris talked about what was working for him.

“The inside fastball, and the curveball were sitting them down,” Harris said.

Bogalusa coach Michael Cummings said it was a phenomenal day for Harris.

“He looked good and he hit his spots,” Cummings said. “Everything we asked him to do, he did it. He’s been doing that all year. I’m proud of him.”

On the offensive side, Harris singled twice, walked once and scored three runs.

The Lumberjacks’ defense was solid throughout, and the team played an errorless game.

After Harris retired Independence in order to begin the first, the Lumberjacks manufactured the game’s first run. Harris walked and stole second. He moved to third when the next hitter, Meechie Baham, grounded out to the pitcher. Harris scored on a strikeout.

Caleb Greely swung and missed. The ball hit the dirt.

The throw went to first.

Greely was out, but Harris alertly went home on throw to get Greely, and Bogalusa led, 1-0.

The Lumberjacks broke the game open with five runs in the second on two hits, and Bogalusa took advantage of two Tigers’ errors.

With one out, Harlum McGee singled on a ball that dropped behind the first baseman close to the area where the outfield grass and the dirt meet. McGee stole second before moving to third on a passed ball.

Pittman was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Harris helped his cause with an RBI infield single, plating McGee with the second run, and Bogalusa led, 2-0.

Baham then sent Pittman and Harris to the plate by lining a two-run triple to the left centerfield gap to make it 4-0.

Greely reached on an error, allowing Baham to score.

Greely stole second and scored when Hatcher got on because of an error.

It was 6-0 lead for the Lumberjacks through two innings.

After Harris held Independence scoreless in the third, the Lumberjacks put up two more runs to extend the lead.

McGee reached on an error. Pittman singled through the right side into short right field. McGee went first-to-third and scored on Harris’ run-scoring single to make it, 7-0.

Baham reached on an error, and Pittman scored. It was 8-0 after three.

Bogalusa scored a run each in the fourth and fifth.

In the fourth, Hatcher led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on Marlon Myles’ groundout to second. He scored when Thomas Turner reached on an error. Hatcher would’ve scored on the play, so Turner was credited with the run batted in.

In the fifth, Alando Jefferson reached on a fielder’s choice. Harris reached on a fielder’s choice, forcing Jefferson at second. Baham reached on an error. Harris went to third and tallied the game’s final run on Greely’s walk off sacrifice fly to center.

The victory put Bogalusa at 8-2 overall and 3-0 in district play this season.

Independence fell to 0-13 on the and 0-2 in league play.

The teams met once again yesterday, except this time the game was played at Independence.

In a game played last Friday, Bogalusa was victorious over Amite, 7-4, at home.

Harris and Hatcher were solid at the plate, as both recorded two hits in four at bats.

Baham, Greely and McGee all recorded a hit and a run batted in.

Jefferson also had a hit for the Lumberjacks.

Hatcher pitched well. He threw a complete game, allowing three earned runs on four hits while striking out eight and walking four.