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|Monterey baseball season ends|
Monterey High School's baseball team left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, falling to Stanley 4-3 in a Class B first round playoff game in Stanley Friday.
"It was kind of a microcosm of our entire year," said Monterey coach Eric Richard. "We couldn't get the timely hits and didn't do the little things it takes at this stage."
Monterey entered the playoffs as the No. 20 ranked team, while Stanley is No. 13.
The Panthers face No. 4 Choudrant in the second round.
Monterey finished the season at 13-9.
"Stanley has a good team, but I thought we were the better team," Richard said. "We made some base-running errors, a couple of mistakes in the field and could not get the timely hit, which is what you have to be able to do to be able to make that next step. I not only thought this team could get past the first round, but could go far into the playoffs."
The Wolves fell to Simpson 11-3 in a first round contest last year.
Monterey left 11 runners on base and had runners on the base paths in all but one inning.
"Their pitcher is the best athlete we've faced this year," Richard said. "He didn't throw real fast, but he made some incredible plays off the mound."
Hunter Fry pitched five innings for the Wolves, while Hayden Cassel pitched the sixth inning.
"We got the kind of pitching we needed to win the game," Richard said.
Richard loses two seniors, Brett Wright and Matthew Humphries.
"I think we have improved from last year," Richard said. "We've come a long way over the last two years. We just have to concentrate better on the little things. If these guys come back committed and dedicated to getting better, we can continue to get better."
Oak Hill, which captured Monterey's district, is the No. 1 team in Class B.
The Rams defeated Dodson 11-1 in a first-round contest.
Grace Christian, which also competes in District 4B, fell to Glenmora 10-0 in the first round.
Ferriday High will hold its spring football game on May 17 at 6 p.m. at Melz Field in Ferriday, while Vidalia has scheduled their Blue-White intrasquad game for May 19 in Dee Faircloth Viking Stadium.
No time has been set for the Vidalia game.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association recently ruled that state public schools cannot play spring games against other schools.
Ferriday second-year head football coach Richard Oliver handed out equipment to his players this week.
"We've got about 35-to-40 players out," Oliver said. "We have to find another quarterback because we lost a good one last year (Richard Jefferson).
We also lost some key guys on the line. We should be strong at linebacker has all of those guys are back. We had a number of guys get their feet wet last year."
Vidalia coach Gary Paul Parnham is preparing for spring practice and bringing back the tradition Blue-White spring game.
"We're excited about getting back out there and expecting a much better year."
Ferriday will compete in the Vidalia Jamboree on August 25.
The Trojans will open their season on August 31 at home against Natchez High. Vidalia will travel to Jonesville to face Block in their opener.
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