In the playoffs, a team has to be playing at its best.
Game one of the best-of-three first round series in the AAA State Baseball Playoffs between the Bayou Academy Colts and the Heritage Academy Patriots didn’t exactly feature the Colts at their best here Tuesday.
The Colts committed six errors on defense as the Patriots blasted them 11-1. The Patriots (21-8) also out hit the Colts (15-14) 10-6. Heritage committed just one error in the field.
Blaze Henry earned the complete game win for Heritage, as he gave up just one run on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. Out of the 102 pitches he threw, 71 were strikes.
Junior lefty Zach Willingham suffered the loss for Bayou, as he gave up nine runs, three earned, on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts in a 113-pitch, five-inning effort.
The Colts will now travel to Columbus to play Heritage for game two and possibly game three on Thursday. First pitch will be at 4:30 p.m.
“Heritage is a good baseball team,” Bayou head baseball coach Will Reed said. “We did not play good baseball today. Zach competed through some errors on the mound. He kept us in the game. Defensively, we didn’t make the big plays when we needed it. Sometimes, we didn’t make the routine plays when we needed.
“Offensively, they ran a fastball pitcher out there to us and we take the fastball. We didn’t have a good approach at the plate. We need to be more aggressive at the plate, but we’re going to come back in there Thursday, ready to go and play two games.”
After Willingham, senior lefty Tyler Thweatt tossed 1 1/3 innings of relief and gave up two runs on three hits with a strikeout and a walk, and junior right hander Paul O’Neal gave up a hit and walked a batter but didn’t give up any runs in 2/3 of an inning for the Colts.
Thweatt and junior outfielder John Maggio led the Colts at the plate with two hits each. Maggio scored Bayou’s only run of the game.
Hyde Parks drilled three hits including a home run with two runs scored to lead Heritage, followed by JR Lott with two hits and two runs scored and Reid Huskison with two hits.