Smith strikes out 15 in Lumberjacks’ win

Published 12:44 am Friday, April 13, 2018

Bogalusa and Mt. Hermon came down to the final pitch, as the game ended on an error in a 3-2 Lumberjacks’ win Tuesday evening at BHS.
The pitchers’ duel entered the bottom of the seventh inning tied at 2-2.
Bogalusa mounted its push with one out.
Joemon Roberts started the rally when he was hit by a pitch. Pasquale Lavorgna walked. Joseph Ikerd then hit a grounder to the shortstop. The Yellow Jackets recorded the force at second, but the relay throw to first short hopped. The ball rolled just a little bit away. Roberts, who was heading to third on the grounder, took off for the plate and beat the throw home to score the game-winning run.
Tuesday’s game featured a pair of pitchers that were on their game, and neither team went to the bullpen.
Bogalusa’s Chas Smith allowed one earned run on just two hits. Smith struck out 15 batters, walked four and hit two. The first nine outs Smith recorded were on strikeouts.
“I think I good, best I did all season with 15Ks. I just came out here focused, ready to pitch,” Smith said.
Smith said his curveball was working the best for him.
“I had to just loosen up my grip and just throw it. Just throw it and just hit the mark,” Smith said.
Bogalusa coach Michael Cummings praised Smith on his pitching.
“Pitching was there today,” Cummings said. “That’s where we’ve been kind of been short all year, has kind of been inconsistent pitching. Today, Chas had a wonderful outing, threw real well, hit his locations, knew what he had to do up there on the mound. He had confidence and when you have confidence and you’re hitting your marks, you usually have a good day.”
Mt. Hermon’s Trey Brumfield had a solid game as well. He went 6-2/3 innings, as the winning run scored with two outs, allowing just one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts and just two walks.
Mt. Hermon coach Matt Sessions said he was super proud of Brumfield.
“He hasn’t had a whole lot of time on the bump this year and he utilized his time today, commanded the zone — offspeed was well, kept hitters off balance — one big hit and then a mistake and like I said, that was the end of it. But overall, I’m very pleased with the effort I got out of him today,” Sessions said.
Tuesday’s game was a low-scoring game that came down to the final pitch. Neither team led by more than a run.
Mt. Hermon took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brumfield walked to begin the frame. He stole second, and then advanced to third and scored on a pair of wild pitches to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead.
Bogalusa tied the game in the third.
Jay Baham singled with two outs. Kam Bickham singled to left, but the ball got by the fielder and Baham scored to tied the game at 1-1.
Each team scored a run in the fourth.
In the top of the frame, Colby Smith was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He swiped second and went to third on a passed ball before Trent Wilson plated Smith with an RBI groundout to give Mt. Hermon a 2-1 lead.
Bogalusa responded in the bottom of the inning.
Marlon Myles stepped to the plate with one out and clobbered a pitch to deep left field and gone.
“Marlon, that’s his second home run for the year. He’s stroking. That’s why I put him in the four hole,” Cummings said. “He’s making contact. He’s been working in the cage. He’s been working his (tail) off and hard work’s paying off for him right now.”
The game stayed that way until the seventh when Roberts scored the game-winning run in the 3-2 victory for Bogalusa.
The Lumberjacks had a hit each from Baham, Bickham, Smith, Myles and Ikerd. Baham scored a run. Myles had the solo homer and Roberts scored a run.
Mt. Hermon had a hit from Smith and Byron Hyatt. Smith and Brumfield scored a run each and Wilson recorded an RBI.
Both teams played on Monday.
Mt. Hermon won and Bogalusa lost.
The Yellow Jackets were victorious over Family Christian School, 12-0.
Hyatt and Travell Brumfield combined on a no-hitter, with 13 strikeouts and four walks.
Kameron Brumfield recorded a hit, three RBIs, a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Clinton Roux posted a hit, which was a triple, to go with two RBIs, a walk, three runs and a stolen base.
Bogalusa was defeated by Northlake Christian School, 10-7.
Baham and Bickham tallied two hits each. Baham tripled and scored two runs. Bickham stole a base and tallied a run.
Smith and Ikerd had a hit each. Smith swiped two bases and scored a run. Ikerd tripled and recorded a run.
Myles drove in a pair of runs and Davion Pittman tallied two runs for the Lumberjacks.

Mt. Hermon’s Trey Brumfield slides into home on a wild pitch ahead of the throw in Tuesday’s game at Bogalusa. Colby Smith (left), who was batting is also pictured for the Yellow Jackets. Brumfield was Mt. Hermon’s pitcher. He threw 6-2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with five strikeouts and just two walks.