The Ram's Heyden Banks slides in safely at home, knocking the ball away from South Beauregard's Cody Ivey Tuesday afternoon in Westlake. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 12:39 PMWESTLAKE — A strong showing on the mound extended the South Beauregard Golden Knights’ winning streak to eight straight Tuesday night as they topped District 4-3A rival Westlake 7-3.
Starting pitcher Brandon Hare put the Rams in a tough spot early, allowing one hit through the first three innings. Once Westlake was able to get on the board it was too late as the Knights had already built a 7-0 lead. Hare struck out 10 in 61⁄3 innings.
“I think (Brandon Hare) set the tone for the night,” said South Beauregard head coach Jeremy Deville. “He took command of his pitches and his slider was working good.”
Finishing for Hare was Nick Lee, who put away the game’s final two batters with five pitches.
The win kept the Knights (18-3, 2-0) undefeated in district where they will face stiff competition from Jennings and Iowa.
“It was very important to get this win, and we weren’t going to take Westlake lightly because they are a good team,” Deville said.
The loss left the Rams (6-14, 0-3) in a tough position as they face an almost must-win game in Iota on Thursday.
“That is a big game; we must win in Iota to get things going in the right direction,” said Westlake head coach Chad Clement. “We have to come out and play the full seven innings; we have to play well from the first pitch on.”
South Beauregard went into the game without its starting cleanup hitter, but it had little affect on the Knights as they scored seven runs.
The Knights opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with two outs when Hare reached first after being hit by a pitch. D.J. Hardwick reached base three pitches later on an error before Cody Ivey doubled home Hare for the first run. On the next pitch, Chance Clark singled home Hardwick and Ivey.
“We talk about how two-out hits win ballgames, and that’s what did it for us tonight,” Deville said. “We are used to those situations, and here lately we have been coming through in those situations.”
The Knights added one more run in the top of third when freshman Jansen Fontenot singled home Hayden Gunter. They capped their scoring in the top of the fourth after Gunter singled home Ivey who had reached on an error and two runners scored on passed balls.
“Early in the game their pitcher did a really good job of shutting us down and that kept us handcuffed,” Clement said. “We had a few chances tonight, but we couldn’t get a big hit.”
Both Westlake runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Hayden Banks brought Tim Hamilton home on a single before being driven in on a Joey LeBlanc triple down the first-base line.
Hamilton was the losing pitcher.