Ben’s Ford defeated by Amite School Center in home opener

Published 7:00 am Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ben’s Ford Christian School suffered an 11-1 loss in six innings to Amite School Center in the Eagles’ home opener Thursday afternoon.

The Eagles, who are 0-2 this season, got down 2-0 early on after Amite School Center put up a run each the first and second inning.

Calin Buckley, who went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and three runs scored, led off the game with a single. He stole second and later scored on Derrick Knight’s single to right field.

In the second, Dakota McDaniel singled with one out. He stole second and later scored on an RBI single by Buckley for a 2-0 lead.

Ben’s Ford cut the lead in half with a run in the third. Cameron Miller doubled down the left field line. After Tyler Winstead reached on an error, Will Adams, who later singled, drove in a run with an RBI groundout and it was 2-1 after three innings.

But Amite School Center tallied five runs in the fourth.

The rally began with Ridge Thornton and McDaniel singling with one out. T.J. Johnston made it 3-1 with a single. Buckley drove in a pair with a single for a 5-1 contest. After Brady Milton was hit, Kellan Martin pushed the lead to 7-1 with a two-run double.

Ben’s Ford had a chance to get back in the game. The Eagles loaded the bases with one out. C.J. McClelland walked, Ernesto Woods, who posted two hits, singled and Ashton Hines walked, but Ben’s Ford was unable to capitalize, as a strikeout and groundout ended the frame. Amite School Center led 7-1 after three innings.

“We competed early,” Ben’s Ford coach Tommy Pittman said. “I think the boys came out a little flat, just even in warmups. We’re young. We’re starting four or five ninth graders. Some of them got the jitters just playing with these older kids.”

Pittman said the young players will get better, but noted that they hit the ball well.

“We had a few errors, but I think the other team just outhit us,” he said. “ASC hit the ball well. We got some runners in scoring position and couldn’t get the big hit. That was kind of the difference in it.

“hey just outplayed us today. Our pitching struggled a little bit at times, but that’s baseball. We’ll get them again Tuesday and hopefully we can make the routines, hit a little better and make it a better game.”

Ben’s Ford left seven runners on base, including five in scoring position.

After the fourth, ASC scored four in the sixth and held the Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game with the 10-run rule.