Bogalusa loses a pair of games to Jewel Sumner

Published 7:00 am Friday, March 18, 2016

Bogalusa’s Lady Jacks lost both ends of the Tuesday’s doubleheader to Jewel Sumner, 19-1 and 17-2, on Tuesday at the Bogalusa Sports Complex.

Both games went three innings.

Jewel Sumner showed patience at the plate. In the doubleheader, the Cowgirls drew 24 walks, got hit by a pitch 11 times and recorded 14 hits. They also did a good job, especially in the first game, of alertly taking extra bases.

In the opener, Sumner, which batted second for both games, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning.

Lana Fairburn walked, sole second and scored one hitter later. Kelsey Saldana reached on a bunt single, but a throwing error allowed Fairburn to score the game’s first run. Saldana swiped second and third base with Taryn McNabb at the plate. She walked and took  off for second. A high throw to second allowed Saldana to tally and make it 2-0. McNabb eventually scored to make it 3-0. Marlena Hartman was hit and later tallied on a passed ball to make it 4-0.

Bogalusa countered with a run in the second inning.

Charlena Franklin walked with one out and stole second, but a high throw allowed her to advance to third. Franklin scored on an error as the catcher made a low throw, attempting to pick Franklin off third.

Bogalusa struggled in the bottom of the second, as Sumner put up 15 runs.

Lindsey Trout walked, Fairburn was hit and Saldana singled. McNabb drove in a run on a fielder’s choice for a 5-1 lead. Hartman walked, but a wild pitch on ball four allowed the sixth run to cross. Later in the inning, Emma Fowler hit a liner with the bases loaded that went off of the right fielder’s glove. Three runs scored for a 9-1 margin.

The 10th run was scored on a wild pitch. Fairburn’s RBI single made it 11-1. Saldana put down a safety squeeze for an RBI, but a throwing error allowed a second runner to cross and make it 13-1. Hartman’s RBI single put it at 14-1. Cassye Jo Norris added two more to the lead with a single and the final three runs came in on a three-run double to center field by Fowler.

Bogalusa was unable to add any runs in the third and the game ended on the mercy rule.

In the second game, the Lady Jacks did a better job of containing Sumner’s running game.

Bogalusa coach Racheal Galloway talked about the improvement she saw from the first game to the second contest.

“(It was just about) knowing where to go with the ball, playing heads up ball and knowing what to do when they get the ball,” Galloway said. “I’m very, very impressed. From game one to this game — first game, it just seemed like they didn’t know what to do when they got the ball, so just a lot of heads up playing.”

Galloway said she had a few players out for various reasons, so many of the players were in positions they had never played.

Bogalusa took its first lead of the doubleheader in the first inning of the second game.

Christiana Baham was hit by the first pitch of the game and moved to second on a passed ball. She later scored when Angel Cox hit a ball down the right field line. The fielder had a tough play, but the ball deflected off her glove and Baham tallied to give the Lady Jacks a 1-0 lead. It went to 2-0 when Kashmia Bickham struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch. Yasmine Alexander, who walked, scored from third on the wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Sumner scored eight runs in the bottom of the inning. Fairburn was hit, stole second and went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1. Destinee Gray tied the game when she walked and eventually scored on a throwing error. Hope Meyer singled home Kati Ingram, who walked, giving the Cowgirls a 3-2 lead. Alaina McDaniel was next and she hit an inside-the-park homer left field for a 5-2 advantage. Chelsey Kent was hit and later tallied on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Fairburn reached on an error, allowing the seventh run to cross and Fairburn eventually scored for an 8-2 advantage.

Neither team scored in the second. Sumner added 11 more in the third to cap off the sweep.

Also for Bogalusa in the doubleheader, Alexander walked in the first game and Kennedy Coleman reached on catcher’s interference in the second contest.