Pine sweeps Amite in home doubleheader held Friday

Published 1:10 am Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pine’s Raiders swept a doubleheader from Amite, 12-1 and 13-3, at home Friday in District 9-2A play.
Both games lasted five innings.
In the opener, the Raiders jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
Ethan Knight, who had two hits, a walk, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs, reached on a misplayed pop up and then scored on a misplayed fly ball that was hit by Coby Sheridan.
Pine added four more in the second.
Blaine Polk — who walked, singled, drove in two runs and scored a run — walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Logan Leger was hit. The next batter, Dallen Magee — who doubled, drew two walks and scored two runs — singled home Polk and courtesy runner Will Adams with the game’s second-and-third runs. Later in the frame, Magee attempted to steal third and was safe, but a throwing error to third allowed him to score and it was 4-0 through two.
That was plenty for pitcher Devan Whaley. Whaley allowed one unearned run on two hits with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter over four innings.
Luke Fonda pitched the fifth and threw a shutout and hitless inning with two strikeouts and two walks.
Pine added six more in the third.
Knight walked and moved to third on Sheridan’s double down the third-base line. Ian Turner — who singled, walked and scored two runs — walked to load the bases with nobody out. Fonda — who walked twice, drove in a run and posted two runs — drove Knight to the plate when he was hit by a pitch to make it 5-0. Polk hit a two-run single to center that sent Sheridan and Turner home. Leger picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice as Amite forced the runner at second out, but Fonda tallied to make it 8-0. Walks to Magee and Kaden Fersch, sandwiched around an out at third, reloaded the bases for Knight. Knight hit a two-run single that plated Magee and Kendall Sheridan, who reached on a fielder’s choice. It was 10-0 through three innings.
Amite broke up shutout in the fourth.
Cam Henderson — who walked, recorded two hits that included a double and scored a run — singled and stole second and third before tallying on a throwing error to make it 10-1.
Pine posted two more runs in the fourth. Turner singled and Fonda walked. Later in the inning, Turner scored from third after Amite completed a strike out by throwing to first on a ball that was in the dirt.
With two outs, Magee walked. Then with Fonda on third, Magee attempted to steal second. Amite tried to back pick at third to get Fonda out, but a throwing error allowed him to tally to make it 12-1.
Coby Sheridan tallied a single, double and a run scored. Kendall Sheridan drew a walk and scored a run for the Raiders.
The second game was a 13-3 win for Pine.
Kendall Sheridan went 3-for-4 that included a triple with an RBI and two runs scored.
Fersch, Knight, Coby Sheridan, Turner, Polk and Cory Barber all had a hit.
Fersch drove in a run scored two runs. Knight tripled, posted three RBIs and two runs scored. Sheridan drove in a run and scored a run. Turner had a run batted in. Polk tallied a run batted in and two runs scored. Barber doubled, scored two runs and posted a pair of RBIs.
Magee scored a run while Leger scored a run and drove one home for the Raiders.
Winning pitcher Kendall Sheridan allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
Pine completed the season sweep over Amite. They defeated the Warriors, 16-3, on Thursday to open district play.
“I thought we started off district exactly how we wanted,” Pine coach Blake Dillon said. “We threw strikes, made routine plays and had a good day at the plate. We were selective and took advantage of the their mistakes. We are excited about the direction our team is headed right now with a good week of competition to come versus Pope John Paul. We feel like the competition we played in pre-district has prepared us and the adversity we had have faced has brought us closer as a team as we continue to work toward our goals.”
On Monday, Pine suffered a 12-2 five-inning loss to Pope John Paul II on the road in district play.
Kendall Sheridan, Fersch, Knight, Coby Sheridan, Fonda and Polk all had a hit. Fersch scored a run and Polk drove one home. Turner scored the other run.
Pine committed six errors that led to eight unearned runs and the Jaguars scored in every inning.