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Kinder blanks DeQuincy, can clinch title tonight

Last Modified: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:21 PM

By Bryce Laird / American Press

KINDER — Kinder ran away with a 5-0 win against DeQuincy Tuesday night in a District 4-2A baseball game.

The matchup was a battle for first place in the district.

Kinder clinched a share of the district championship.

The Yellow Jackets completed the season sweep, having beaten the Tigers 9-0 earlier in the season. They snapped the Tigers’ five-game winning streak. The Tigers have won 10 of their last 12 games.

The teams were deadlocked at zero until the Yellow Jackets’ Chris Khammany scored a on Elijah Lavan’s sacrifice fly.

“Chris has speed,” said Kinder head coach Kenney Courville. “You can’t coach speed, you can only take advantage of it. And he did a great job of taking advantage of his speed tonight.”

Kinder (15-14, 8-1) put the game out of DeQuincy’s (22-4, 7-2) reach with a three-run fifth inning.

Khammany started the inning with a bunt single. He stole his way to third. Lavan singled in Khammany. Lavan moved to second on an error. Connor Fawcett drove Lavan home on a double. Fawcett later scored on an error.

Fawcett, who was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, was also the winning pitcher.

“We did really good,” said Khammany, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. “At the beginning we made a couple of errors, but we made adjustments and started to make plays. We started to do our job on the bases and get the runs in that we need.”

The Yellow Jackets put the icing on the cake with another run in the sixth. Bailey Cottongin scored on Stag Credeur sac fly.

“I feel like we were just able to keep applying pressure,” Courville said. “Through getting some guys on and running the bags and bunt game was really good tonight.”

Brennan Patin was 2-for-4 to lead DeQuincy. Cullen Irwin took the loss.

DeQuincy returns home to face Mamou on Thursday, while Kinder will go to Lake Arthur for the outright District 4-2A championship.

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