By Tony Farkas
CLEVELAND — In the final day of the Cleveland Varsity Tournament, the Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans Varsity took the 9-5 win over county rival Shepherd.
The Trojans took the lead late in the game on an error scored one run for Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans Varsity.
Luke Monroe led things off on the mound for Coldspring-Oakhurst, pitching three innings and allowing four runs on four hits and striking out three.
Monroe, Shawn McNew and Cole Woodruff each collected one hit to lead on offense.
On Friday, the Trojans Varsity fell behind early and couldn’t come back for an 11-1 loss to Cleveland.
Coldspring-Oakhurst struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Cleveland.
Nolan Beaver pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit and seven runs. He was followed by Lincoln Payne, Tristan Ezell and Zach Hamilton, each trying to contain the Cleveland offense.
Cole Woodruff went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead hitters.
On Thursday, Coldspring tied 3-3 with Alief Elsik.
Tristan Ezell went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead hitters.
Earlier on Thursday, the Trojans waited till the fifth for the offense to give them a 9-6 win over Shepherd.
The game was tied at four with the Trojans batting in the top of the fifth when Zach Hamilton singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
Shepherd scored four runs in the second inning, but Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans Varsity still managed to pull out the victory.
The Trojans got things started in the first inning when Easton Dean tripled on the first pitch, scoring one run, and in the top of the third inning, tied things up at four when Brendan Ogletree was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.
Dean allowed five hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings, striking out one.
On March 28, Coldspring-Oakhurst grabbed an early lead on its way to a 15-6 victory over Cleveland on Monday. The Trojans scored on a single by Easton Dean in the first inning, a walk by Tristan Ezell in the second inning, a walk by Cole Woodruff in the second inning, a walk by Cadyn Barton in the second inning, a walk by Lincoln Payne in the second inning, and a single by Zach Hamilton in the second inning.
The second inning saw the Trojans pull away for good with seven runs. In the second Ezell was struck by a pitch, driving in a run, Dean was hit by a pitch, driving in a run, Woodruff drew a walk, scoring one run, Barton drew a walk, scoring one run, Payne drew a walk, scoring one run, and Hamilton singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Nolan Beaver went 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on four hits and striking out five.
Hamilton and Dean each managed three hits to lead the Trojans, and Barton led the way with two steals.
The Pirates lost all four games at the Cleveland Varsity Tournament this weekend.
On Saturday, Shepherd lost to Coldspring-Oakhurst 9-5; on Thursday, the team lost 8-4 to Rosehill Christian and 14-3 to Tarkington.
On Thursday, the Pirates lost the opener to the Trojans 9-6.
Head Coach Josh Meeker said his two top producers for the weekend were Hayden Washburn, who went 7-11 at the plate with 2 doubles and a triple, and Tristen Cullum, who was 6-13 with 2 doubles.
SHEPHERD — The Lady Pirates managed a fourth-place finish during the Cleveland Tournament last weekend.
Head Coach Suzon Martin said the team played competitively all weekend.
The team opened with a 6-2 loss to Humble and a 7-1 loss to Coldspring-Oakhurst, and though they played extremely well, they to Cleveland 1-0 on Friday, Martin said.
Martin said Brooklyn McCumber was a defensive machine, making several diving plays at shortstop.
Offensively, Aaliya Jamie had a stellar performance, with 2 singles and 3 triples.
During the Cleveland Tournament, The Lady Trojans lost 6-0 to Orangefield and 7-1 to Shepherd on March 4, but downed Cleveland 4-1 on March 5.
Coldspring opened tournament play on Thursday with a 14-5 loss to Tarkington and a 4-3 loss to MacArthur.
On March 1, the Lady Trojans lost to Splendora 16-1.