'Jacks fall to Rayville

From Staff Reports

Rayville overcame a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning for a 4-2 victory against Patterson in Class 3A bi-district playoff action Thursday in Rayville

After Patterson surrendered a run to Rayville in the bottom of the first inning, the ’Jacks responded with two in the top of the third for a 3-1 lead.

The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when Rayville plated three.

Patterson head coach Ryan Jensen said the game was a tough way for his squad to conclude its season.

“We battled the whole time but just never really put much together offensively besides the (third) inning,” Jensen said. “We hit the ball hard, but it always seemed to be a line drive right at them, a fly ball caught near the fence or a great defensive play by their shortstop. It just wasn’t our day.”

Hits were hard to come by for both teams as the ’Jacks were limited to five and Rayville had four.

Each team committed three errors.

“Like many games this season, we finished with more hits than them,” Jensen said. “We just weren’t able to push across enough runs.”

Spencer Landry led the ’Jacks at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with a double, while Ryan Wade and Deondre Skinner each finished 1-for-3 with a triple, with Wade adding an RBI. Bryce Tabor finished 1-for-3, and Dallas Hamlett collected an RBI.

On the mound, Landry tossed 41/3 innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on two hits. He walked two and struck out two.

“Spencer did a fantastic job on the mound,” Jensen said. “We couldn’t have asked for anything more out of him. We made (two) errors in the (first) and gave them a run but pitched out of it, and he really held them down until the (fifth). They put together a few hits in the (fifth) and got some big hits with runners in scoring position. You have to give credit to them for performing in clutch situations.”

In relief, Cameron Clements pitched 12/3 innings and surrendered two earned runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Nathan Obrient earned the win for Rayville. In a complete game effort, he surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out four.

“Their pitcher did a great job of throwing multiple pitches for strikes,” Jensen said. “He made us earn everything, and they made the defensive plays behind him.”

RJ Walters led Rayville at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance with three RBIs, while Dillon Obrient finished 1-for-2 with a run and N. Obrient finished 1-for-3 with a double and two runs.

Despite the tough loss, Jensen is confident his team will be back to the playoffs next year.

“Hopefully this game tonight and the feeling that it leaves us with will be motivation for our guys to take the necessary steps to be a better baseball team,” he said.

With the loss also meant that the ’Jacks must say goodbye to its five seniors, Jaydrick DeClouet, Clements, Wade, Aaron Hazel and Tarrike Phillips.

“It’s always difficult having to say good bye to a group of seniors, and this group is no exception,” Jensen. “These guys have been a part of some of the most successful teams in PHS baseball history. They have played a large role in our success and will be very difficult to replace as far as talent and leadership.

“Hopefully, our underclassmen used their time around these guys to learn some of the key ingredients that have led to their success. I look forward to seeing these young men move on to greater things in college and life and hope to see them around our program for years to come. We often times talk about building a successful baseball program, and this years’ seniors have helped us continue to lay a foundation and move forward to greater success and respect in the baseball community. They will be greatly missed.”

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