Early errors doom Lockeroom

Early errors doom Lockeroom

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Early errors doom Lockeroom

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Mountain Home’s Austin Jacobelli swings at a pitch during Lockeroom’s 13-5 loss to the Blytheville Casons in the first round of the Zone 2 Senior American Legion District Tournament on Friday night at Cooper Park.

Mountain Home’s Austin Jacobelli swings at a pitch during Lockeroom’s 13-5 loss to the Blytheville Casons in the first round of the Zone 2 Senior American Legion District Tournament on Friday night at Cooper Park.

Number 900 will have to wait.

Six Mountain Home errors over the first four innings led to Blytheville gaining a huge lead, and the Casons went on to smack 19 hits in a 13-5 victory over Lockeroom in the first round of the Zone 2 Senior American Legion District Tournament on Friday night at Cooper Park.

Lockeroom head coach Lester White was looking for his 900th career victory, and Mountain Home settled in after its early fielding miscues, but it didn’t matter as Blytheville hammered 19 hits in the victory.

Blytheville will face Saturday’s Jonesboro/Paragould winner at 1 p.m. Sunday, while Lockeroom (24-12) falls into the loser’s bracket and will face Batesville at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Six of Blytheville’s first seven runs were unearned, and the No. 3 seed took a 7-0 lead against the No. 2 seed host team after three and a half innings. Lockeroom made nine errors on the night.

An error, followed by a misplayed ball that went to the wall for a triple, and another error, gave Blytheville a 2-0 lead. After Ricky Gable Jr. doubled, starting pitcher Will Camp drove him home with a base hit.

The Casons scored three more runs on two more Mountain Home errors in the third inning. Zack Gray led off with a double, Riley Hickerson drove him home with a one-out single, and Michael Miller followed with a base hit to left field.

After an error allowed both Hickerson and Miller to move up a base, Gable Jr. walked to load the bases. Another error on a fielder’s choice allowed both Hickerson and Miller to score, sending the lead to 6-0.

Gray singled to lead off the fourth, took two extra bases on yet another Lockeroom error, and scored on a single by Chad Wright to make it 7-0.

Mountain Home finally got on the board with two in the bottom of the fourth. Cole Anderson singled, starting pitcher Hayden Hall doubled and Anderson scored on a groundout by Ninemire. Jake Berton doubled home Hall to make it 7-2.

Mountain Home had been hitting the ball well as of late, but it was the Casons who put on a hitting display Friday night.

Justin Mann singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Jemal Washington as the Casons extended their lead to 8-2 in the fifth.

Blytheville tacked on four more in the seventh to take a 12-2 cushion. The Casons had five hits in the inning, led by a two-run triple by Gray.

Lockeroom scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to avoid the run-rule.

The Casons added one in the eighth as Gable Jr. singled and scored on the eighth error of the game by Mountain Home, making it 13-4.

Sky-Lar Culver bashed his fifth home run of the season — a solo shot down the right-field line — in the bottom of the eighth to make it 13-5.

Hickerson was 4 for 6, while Gray went 3 for 6 with two RBIs to lead the Casons at the plate. Wright, Miller, Gable Jr., Mann and Camp all had two hits apiece.

Camp also went the distance on the mound, striking out seven over nine innings. The right-hander allowed seven hits and five runs — just three earned.

Culver, Hall and Berton each went 2 for 4 to lead Lockeroom at the plate. Hall allowed eight hits over three innings in the loss, although just one of the seven runs the righty allowed was an earned run.

Kyle Stephens scattered nine hits over four innings, and Luke Kruse allowed just two hits over the final two frames on the mound.

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