Bogalusa falls to Albany in District 7-3A competition

Published 7:00 am Saturday, April 2, 2016

A nine-run fifth inning by Albany hurt Bogalusa in a 10-1 loss to the Hornets in a District 7-3A contest at home Wednesday.

The game was tied 1-1 after four innings, but in the fifth, Albany scored nine times on seven hits.

Albany got on the board in the first inning. Dylan Hoyt reached on an error and later scored on Caleb Woods’ RBI single.

Bogalusa tied the game in the second inning. Caleb Greely singled and stole second to lead off. After the next two hitters were retired, Marlon Myles reached on an error. Albany threw to third in an attempt to get Greely, but the throw was wide. Greely took off for the plate and scored to even the game at 1-1.

Bogalusa finished with five hits against Dylan Cunningham, who went the distance, allowing one unearned run with seven strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter. Offensively, he had two hits.

Besides Greely, Thomas Turner posted two hits while Sheylyn Griffin and Myles recorded one hit each.

The Lumberjacks’ offense struggled, but they did have some opportunities to score. Bogalusa left six runners on base and three in scoring position.

“Albany’s a good team,” Bogalusa coach Michael Cummings said. “Coach (David Pittman) Pitt does a real good job with those kids. They always could swing the bat and they always have good pitching. We thought we could split with them this year. We got close yesterday (on Tuesday, Bogalusa lost 7-4). Today, we didn’t have it. It wasn’t in the cards for us today.”

The decisive fifth inning began with singles by Brett Davis and Hoyt, who each recorded two hits. After the first out, Tyler Allbritton singled to load the bases. Following the second out, Blake Sigrest, who had two hits, cleared the bases with a three-run double to straightaway centerfield and the Hornets were up 4-1.

Jeffery Neal then flied out to left, but a balk had been called, meaning Sigrest was able to advance to third and the out did not count. Neal ended up hitting an RBI double to center, making it 5-2. Mason Dansby then walked and Dirk Peloquin reached on an error to load the bases.

Davis, the 10th hitter to bat in the inning, connected with a pitch to deep left field for a grand slam and a 9-1 lead. Hoyt later doubled and scored on an RBI single by Cunningham. Davis had three hits.

Bogalusa is 5-4 overall and 1-3 in district play. They split two games with Jewel Sumner last week with a 15-1 loss and then an 8-2 win two days later.

Albany is 8-10 overall and 2-0 in district play.