HMS Tigers coast by Haynesville 11-1 in first round
The No. 10 seed Hanson Memorial Tigers struck for eight runs over the fourth and fifth innings, coasting to an 11-1 victory over the Haynesville Tornadoes Friday in the State Class 1-A opening round contest at the Amar Lancon Field.
Hanson benefited from aggressive play, efficient pitching, good defense and timely hitting to post the first-round state playoff victory.
“I thought the keys to the victory was our aggressive play, we played relaxed, good pitching and our bats came alive against a good pitcher,” HMS Coach Ryan Stoute said.
Hanson, which improved to 20-9 on the season, extended its current winning streak to nine straight wins with the state playoff victory.
Hanson pitcher Payton Kellebrew pitched five strong innings, earning the mound victory with support from a pair of double plays from HMS shortstop Bo Barrilleaux and second baseman Britt Young.
Kellebrew held the Tors’ bats in check, allowing only one run on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk. He worked five complete frames, facing 18 batters, tossing 65 pitches with 41 strikes and 24 balls.
No. 10 seed Hanson Memorial will now take to the road to face No. 26 seed Merryville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in round two of the state Class A playoffs. Merryville pulled off an upset of No. 7 seed Country Day by a score of 6-5 on Friday.
The Tigers’ aggressiveness on the base paths led to six stolen bases with Drake Businelle leading the way with three steals with John Guienze stole two bases and Bo Barrilleaux swipe one base.
Businelle turned in a stellar effort, going 3 for 3 with three runs scored and a pair of runs-batted-in.
Hanson broke open a scoreless game with a 2-0 advantage when lead off batter Bo Barrilleaux lined an 0-2 pitch up the middle and swiped second base. Drake Businelle singled and later swiped second base, putting runners in scoring position. When Cameron Stovall laced a single, Barrilleaux tagged home plate from third base, giving HMS a 1-0 lead. An error in the outfield enabled Businelle to cross home plate, sending HMS outfront by a 2-0 advantage in the bottom half of the first inning.
Hanson infielders Bo Barrilleaux and Britt Young combined on double plays in both the second and third frames to thwart rallies by the Tornadoes. Barrilleaux made a sliding stop to halt a Haynesville threat in the second inning. Barrilleaux raced across second base, making a sliding grab before firing a strike to first baseman Jacob Hebert in time for the first out of the frame. A short time later, Barrilleaux and Young teammed up to on a double play to put an end to another threat by the Tornadoes. With a pair of runners on, Young scooped up a liner from his second base position, tossing the baseball to Barrilleaux at second base, who tagged second base before making the throw to Hebert at first for the double play.
Hanson scored one run in the bottom of the third frame with two outs. Businelle, who was 3 for 3 on the day, ripped a one-out single before stealing second base. John Guienze received a free pass to first base and later pulled off a double steal with Businelle to put the Tigers in scoring position. Stovall delivered Businelle and the Tigers moved to a 3-0 advantage.
Haynesville scored its lone run in the top half of the fourth inning with two outs. Hanson pitcher Drake Businelle collected consecutive strikeouts prior to Dalton Thompson lining a single up the middle before giving way to a pinch-runner. A short time later James Matlock lined an RBI-single, helping Haynesville slice the Tigers lead to 3-1.
The Tigers responded by plating three runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning and five more in the fifth to end the game when the 10-run rule went to effect.
Hanson’s Jacob Hebert, Brandon Bonin and Bo Barrilleaux all reached to load the bases. Businelle lined a 2-2 pitch to short centerfield, driving home Hebert to give Hanson a 4-1. Bryce Ronsonet later delivered pinch-runner Luke Rodriguez and Barrilleaux on a two-run single as HMS built a 6-1 lead.
Hanson put the game out of reach with five insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for the 11-1 victory, capitalizing on two of five errors committed by the Tornadoes.
Kellebrew led off the frantic fifth inning by reaching on an error, igniting the rally before giving way to pinch-runner Kade James. Garrett Burns laid down a bunt single, putting runners at second and first. Brandon Bonin worked the count full before strolling down to first base on a walk, loading the bases while chasing Haynesville starter Kendrick Jackson, who worked 4 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs (three earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Josh Sanchez greeted new pitcher Blake Gilbert with the perfect execution of the suicide squeeze, scoring James from third, giving HMS a 7-1 advantage.
Burn, Luke Rodriguez and Cameron Stovall later scored giving HMS a 10-1 advantage. Businelle scored the game-ending run when he spinted home on a passed ball as the Tigers secured the 11-1 first round victory.
Leading hitters for the Hanson Tigers were: Bo Barrilleaux, 1 for 3, 3 runs, one RBI; Drake Businelle, 3 for 3, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Cameron Stovall, 1 for 2, run; Bryce Ronsonet, 1 for 2, 2 RBI; John Guienze, RBI; Payton Kellebrew, 1 for 2, run, RBI; Garrett Burns, 1 for 3, run; Jacob Hebert, run; Brandon Bonin, 1 for 1; Josh Sanchez, 1 for 3, RBI and Luke Rodriguez, two runs.
The Hanson Memorial Tigers will travel to face Merryville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in round two of the State Class A playoffs.