'Jacks drop game to Kaplan Pirates

From Staff Reports

The Patterson Lumberjacks continued their District 9-3A slide Wednesday with a 7-3 loss to Kaplan.

After jumping out to a fast start to the season with an 8-2 overall mark, the ’Jacks now have fallen in eight of its last 10 games, including its first five district games.

In Tuesday’s loss, the ’Jacks (10-10 overall, 0-5) blew a 2-0 third inning lead when Kaplan outscored the homestanding squad, 7-1, the rest of the way for the victory.

The ’Jacks were plagued by six errors in the loss, while Kaplan was able to overcome five of its own.

“Same story, different day,” PHS coach Ryan Jensen said. “You cannot make errors and expect to win. There is really nothing more to say. That is our issue right now, and until we have a better mentality, as a team, it will not magically change.”

Both teams’ pitching staffs performed well as the Kaplan pitchers limited the ’Jacks to four hits, while the ’Jacks limited the Pirates to three hits.

For Patterson, Cameron Clements led the ’Jacks at the plate with a 1-for-2 performance with an RBI, while Cameron Fontenot, Dallas Hamlett and Taurick Phillips each finished 1-for-3 with a run. Phillips added an RBI. Spencer Landry also added an RBI for the ’Jacks.

On the mound, Bryce Tabor took the loss. In five innings, he surrendered five runs (one earned) on three hits. He walked two and struck out one.

In two innings of relief, Clements surrendered two runs (one earned). He walked and struck out two apiece, while hitting one batter.

The ’Jacks will return to action Saturday when they travel for their second matchup of the season against Kaplan. Junior varsity will take the field at 11:30 a.m., followed by varsity at 1 p.m.

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