Brandon shuts out Panthers

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, March 16, 2004

McCOMB – Brookhaven met Class 5A Brandon Monday in the McCombSpring Break Tournament at Rotary Field.

The Bulldogs, powered by 3 homeruns, shut out the Panthers 14-0in 5 innings. Stephen Bryant was the winning pitcher, going 5innings and allowing no runs on 4 hits. He issued 1 base on balland struck out 1.

Brookhaven travels to Jackson’s Battlefield Park Friday to meetthe Jim Hill Tigers in a Division 6-4A test. The varsity gamebegins at 1 p.m., followed by the JV game.

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Brandon (7-4) brought Ole Brook’s 6-game winning streak to anend.

The Bulldogs, in the bottom of the first, began the scoring whenrightfielder Billy Smith smashed a solo homer over the center fieldfence. Bryant reached on a walk. Brian Leach doubled, sendingBryant to third. Bryant would later score on a throwing error byOle Brook. Third baseman Matt Scoggin’s sacrifice fly tocenterfield scored Leach. The Bulldogs had opened a 3-0 lead.

Brandon head coach David Lara saw his ballclub erupt for 6 runsin the second to author a 9-0 advantage. Scoggin highlighted theinning with a 3-run blast over the left center field fence thatalso scored Travis Woods and Bryant. Travis Woods also had a 2-RBIdouble that plated Trevor Woods and Smith. Jeffrey Parker alsocrossed home plate.

“We hit the ball well today,” said Lara. “Considering the rainyweather that we have had lately, we played well.”

The Bulldogs scored 5 runs in the fourth. Designated hitterJeffrey Houf parked a 2-run homer over the Green Monster in rightfield that also scored Scoggin.

Brookhaven (7-2) managed only 4 hits on singles by DariusPerkins, Xavier Qualls, Grant McDonnieal and Scotty Smith.

“We did not show up to play today,” said Panther head coachRandy Spring.

Smith suffered the loss for the Panthers. He tossed 1.2 inningsand allowed 9 runs (8 earned) on 8 hits, walked 2 and struck out 1Bulldog batter. Perkins relieved Smith in the second and threw thefinal 2.1 innings, allowing 5 earned runs on 4 hits, striking out 2Brandon batters.

“We have got to get better,” added Spring. “We have a big weekahead of us.” Spring was referring to his team’s next 3 games, alldivision tests, featuring Jim Hill at Jackson Friday, McComb atMoyer Field March 23 and at Terry, March 26.