By David Grimes Sunday, August 05 2012 00:00
New River found themselves in an early hole and could never recover, as Bossier County, La., ran away with an 18-5 win in the nightcap of the Dixie Junior Baseball World Series Saturday night at the Harkrader Sports Complex in Christiansburg. The game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
New River's Luke Durham led off the top of the first inning with single to right and eventually moved to second. However, that was as far as he would go. Bossier County used two-run single by Jonathan Plant and an RBI single by Coleman Nerren in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-0 lead.
In the top of the second, John Tuck led off with a walk. Ryan Matney followed with a single and Nick Carroll was the recipient of a one-out walk to load the bases. Durham then smacked a two-run double to center to plate Tuck and Matney to make it 6-2. Louisiana added a run in the bottom of the inning to go up 7-2.
New River went three up and three down in the top of the third. Bossier County would put the game out of reach in its half of the inning when they sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs on eight hits and several errors to extend their lead to 18-2.
In the top of the fifth, Logan Shepherd led off with double and scored on a one-out RBI single by Nick Meadows. Trent Harding followed with double to center. Hunter Perkins hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Meadows to score and Tuck then nailed an RBI double to score Harding and make it 18-5. Zach Cromer was then hit by a pitch to put runners on second and first. However, the next batter grounded out to end the game under the 10-run mercy rule.
Luke Durham led New River with two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Ryan Matney, Alex Perkins, Logan Shepherd, Nick Meadows and John Tuck added a hit each.
New River plays Chester County, TN at 4 p.m. this afternoon in an elimination game.
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