St. Stanislaus forces Game 3 with Sumrall SaturdayBy ANDREW ABADIE,
SUMRALL — For the first time this season, Sumrall dropped a home game. In a 4A third series, St. Stanislaus won Game 2 5-3 to force a rubber match Saturday.
For the Bobcats, it’s the second time in the playoffs that they 10-run-ruled an opposing team in Game 1 and then came back and lost in Game 2.
“We come and play well and then come out and then not play too well,” Sumrall coach Larry Knight said. “It’s disappointing that it happened at home and it’s the first time it happened at home. You have to give them credit, though, their pitcher did an incredible job. He threw a lot of pitches and hung in there.”
The game was tied 1-1 early on with St. Stanislaus getting on the board first with a throwing error. For Sumrall, after stealing second and third base, Dannis Jackson attempted to steal home, but instead forced St. Stanislaus’ pitcher into balk scoring the Bobcats’ first run.
“It’s something we kind of work on some,” Knight said. “It wasn’t exactly the way we had drew it up because we didn’t have a runner at first going. But it worked out and got us a run. We had to scratch and claw unfortunately and never got the big hit and that would have made the difference.”
The difference between the two teams came down to pitching and timely hitting, which allowed St. Stanislaus to prevail.
St. Stanislaus’ starting pitcher Peyton Sandrock pitched himself into several tough situations as he walked six batters and gave up six hits. However, Sandrock was able to pitch out of innings and strike out six batters.
Sumrall starting pitcher Halen Sanford had a tough night, as he went only three full innings while he walked six batters, hit another and gave up three hits.
This led to St. Stanislaus’ big fourth inning where the Rock-a-Chaws scored four runs to take a 5-1 lead. St. Stanislaus scored its first run off an error but then had three RBI singles in the inning off John Cody Stogner who came in relief for Sanford.
“They put the bat on the ball and found some holes,” Knight said. “They have a lot of left-handers and when you have an underneath guy [Stogner] they have a little bit of an advantage seeing a guy like that.”
Sumrall scored a run in the fourth inning off an infield single. In the sixth inning, the Bobcats had an opportunity with the bases loaded, but managed to only score one run that was walked in.
By the end of the night Sumrall left 11 runners on base, walked or hit eight St. Stanislaus batters and committed three errors.
Knight said the message to his team was simple.
“We have to come back and be ready to play tomorrow,” Knight said. “We don’t have days in between. Tomorrow is going to be here quick. To get to Game 3 you have to swing the bats. We feel good arms wise. We have Kros Sivley throwing tomorrow. He’s had a lot of rest and we know what he is capable of doing.”
Sumrall will travel on the road to play St. Stanislaus at 2 p.m., weather permitting. The winner will advance to 4A South State and will play West Lauderdale.