Henry, Redaja not enough to overcome six errors, 11-4

Henry, Redaja not enough to overcome six errors, 11-4

The bats of Bryce Redaja and Andrew Henry were not enough to overcome six errors on Saturday's rubber match against the No. 2-ranked Panthers, 11-4.

Maryville gave up seven unearned runs in the seven-run loss.

MC was led by Bryce Redaja and Andrew Henry.

Henry went 3-for-5 with four RBI and a run scored. He hit his first career homer in the bottom of the seventh to cut into the Panthers' lead.

Redaja went 3-for-5 with a trio of runs. He missed hitting for the cycle by a homer, as he recorded a triple, a double and a single in the loss.

The Scots will look next to the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament, which is set to begin on Wednesday, April 12. Opponents and times for the double-elimination tournament will be released on Sunday, April 9.

Maryville struck first in the bottom of the opening inning, after a Bryce Redaja triple down the right-field line. Andrew Henry singled to left-center, plating Redaja from third. After one inning, Maryville led 1-0.

LaGrange would claw their way back into a tie in the top of the second. Kyle Gutowski drew a walk, before advancing to second on a passed ball. Joe Pradat scored Gutowski from second with an RBI single up the middle to make the score 1-all.

The Panthers would take the lead in the top of the third. Casey Bell singled up the middle, before advancing to third on a fielder's choice error. Blane Swift tallied a bunt single down the first-base line to score Bell, as the unearned run gave LaGrange a 2-1 lead.

A leadoff double from Redaja in the bottom of the third aided Maryville. Henry laid down a bunt, beating the throw with a collision at first. Redaja came around to score on the play, sliding under the tag at home. Going to the fourth, the teams stood tied at 2-all.

James Poropatic singled to begin the top of the fifth, before being sacrificed to second by Tavin Thompson. A deep fly to the warning track in center field offered up a rare, two-base sacrifice fly for Bell. Poropatic scored from second on the play to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.

A double, a walk and an error would load the bases for LaGrange in the top of the seventh with no outs. Blake Butcher's sacrifice fly to right scored Poropatic, leaving runners on the corners. A hard-hit ball to third gave Swift an RBI single, as Thompson would score to give the Panthers a three-run advantage. A hit-by-pitch would load the bases, before Austin Jones would use a two-RBI single to right, scoring Swift and Bell. LaGrange would take a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh, as a pair of runs ranked unearned.

Maryville cut into the Panthers lead with two batters in the bottom of the inning. Redaja singled to right, before Henry followed suit with a two-run blast into the pines in right field. The Scots trailed 7-4, going to the eighth.

After Thompson singled to right in the top of the eight, he stole second. An errant throw on the play put him a third, before Bell's RBI single to right scored him. Billy Peatross was safe on an error, as the Panthers scored Butch and Bell. All three runs ranked unearned, as LaGrange held a 10-4 lead.

A double by Poropatic would put runners on for LaGrange in the ninth. Thompson singled to left to score Poropatic from second for an 11-4 Panther win.

Patrick Messinger, Drew Johnson, Sam Jokerst and Hayden Hollingsworth each recorded hits behind the performances of Henry and Redaja.

For LaGrange, it was Casey Bell who went 2-for-4 with three runs and a pair of RBI. Thompson was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Poropatic went 3-for-5 with three runs. Swift was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run to lead the Panthers's 14-hit afternoon.