It had to sound like a broken record on Monday night, as batter after batter for Bishop LeBlond mechanically singled between first and second base to turn a good start for Scotland County into a nightmarish opening frame as the Golden Eagles turned a 2-0 deficit into a 7-2 lead in the Class 2 Sectional in Memphis.
Scotland County never recovered from that blow, as Bishop LeBlond cruised on to the 14-5 victory.
The Tigers got off to a great start. Parker Triplett was hit by a pitch and Will Fromm walked. Kaden Anders delivered an RBI double and Fromm would later come in to score on a passed ball to put SCR-I on top 2-0.
The Golden Eagles quickly loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame. Bishop LeBlond appeared to have a game plan, taking the pitch the other way, hitting the ball to the right side of the field. Before the smoke had cleared, that had rapped out seven singles, including five to right field. Add in a pair of walks and hit batter, and the Golden Eagles were able to build a 7-2 lead off starter Will Fromm.
That hitting approach continued in the second inning, when the Golden Eagles tacked on three more runs off reliever Parker Triplett, taking advantage of an error, a couple of walks, and yes, two more singles to right field.
SCR-I had a pair of runners on in both the third and fourth innings, but could not trim the 10-2 deficit.
The Tigers got a run back in the top of the fifth. Branton Burrus and Kaden Anders walked and Hunter Frederick delivered an RBI single.
SCR-I added a little more life late with a two-out rally in the sixth. Triplett doubled and Burrus singled before Fromm cracked a triple to trim the deficit to 10-5.
But the rally ran out of gas in the bottom of the frame. A walk and pair of hit batters were followed by an error and a base hit that brought in four runs to seal the 14-5 win for Bishop LeBlond.
The Golden Eagles out hit SCR-I 14-7 in the contest that also saw SCR-I strike out a whopping 16 times.
Fromm took the loss on the mound, getting tagged for seven runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in the first inning. Triplett was charged with five runs, four earned, in four innings of work, walking four and striking out four. Burrus pitched one inning, allowing two un earned runs on one hit while striking out one.
Fromm went 2-3 at the plate with a run scored and two RBIs. Burrus was 1-2 with two runs scored and Triplett was 1-3 with two runs scored.
Scotland County finished the season with a 14-6 mark. Bishop LeBlond improved to 8-12 on the year and advances to play Silex on May 22nd.