LATTA — The Colbert Leopards’ spring baseball season came to a close Saturday on a 10-6 loss to the Konawa Tigers in Class 2A Regionals.
Colbert (No. 6, 25-11) had beaten Konawa 4-0 Friday but then fell 1-0 to the ninth-ranked Latta Panthers in extra innings later in the day.
In Saturday’s action, Konawa took a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Then, a seven-run second inning for the Tigers was punctuated with a grand slam over the right-field fence by their four-hole hitter.
After retiring the Tigers in order in the top of the third, Colbert threatened to get on the scoreboard. The Leopards loaded the bases on a single from nine-hole Zach Lovelace, a legged-out drop on third strike by Kason Krob and a walk by Chris Roberts. But they were all left stranded.
Both teams left two on in the fourth, but Colbert put three runners across the plate first. After Hair reached on an error and Payton Whitehead drew a walk. When a Lovelace’s popup was dropped by the second baseman, Hair was able to score. Then, leadoff Dylan Jones landed a two-RBI double over the centerfielder’s head that rolled to the fence that cut Konawa’s lead to 8-3.
A couple of errors in the top of the fifth let Konawa score another, but Colbert got that one back in the bottom of the frame. Colten Bruce started it with a single that bounced over the pitcher, and he came in on Hair’s double up the third-base line.
Konawa scored its final run in the sixth on a bunt by the five-hole with bases loaded. All bags still were occupied when Colbert got its third out.
Facing Konawa’s second pitcher of the game, the Leopards went three-and-out to close the sixth with two fly outs to the outfield and a grounder to short stop.
Konawa switched pitchers again in the seventh. Roberts responded with a single up the third-base line. Bruce followed with a double over the left fielder’s head and Hair drew a walk to load the bases.
That set up Keller Cummins for a sacrifice fly to left. Whitehead kept it going with an RBI single up the first-base line that put runners at the corners.
The bags were loaded once again when Ethan Williams’ short popup was lost in the sun by the Tigers’ pitcher. But Konawa completed the 6-4-3 double play on contact by Lovelace to end the game.
Jones and Hair each had a double and RBI, with Hair also taking a walk. Whitehead finished with a single, RBI and a walk. Cummins contributed an RBI.
Bruce hit a double and single. Roberts and Lovelace had a single apiece, with Roberts also drawing two walks. Krob took one for the team on the elbow in the fourth inning to get on base.
Hair started on the mound for Colbert. He threw one and one-third innings, walking one and allowing seven hits. Tanner Lyday came on in the second, striking out four, walking one, hitting three batters and allowing four hits in five and two-thirds innings.
With six seniors in the starting lineup for the Leopards — Cummins, Hair, Jones, Krob, Whitehead and Williams — Saturday was a tough and emotional loss.
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