CADDO — Calera extended its undefeated streak Tuesday with an 8-1 win over Caddo. The Bulldogs moved to 11-0 on the season as the Bruins fell to 2-4.
Caddo actually held a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Bruin pitcher Tristen Paris had grazed two Bulldog batters, lead-off Connor Hamilton and three-hole hitter Rylee Barton, but Calera couldn’t capitalize. Tanner Grace got things started for the Bruins with a single and stole second base. After a Wyatt Wright strikeout, Paris hit a single. He was thrown out going to second when contact was made by Reece Chavez, who beat out an attempted double play, and Grace was able to cross the plate. Zach Walker struck out to close the inning.
Calera tied the game at 1-1 in the second. After two fly balls caught in right field sat down Shawn Harper and Dakota Hodge, Braxton Barton got on base with a single. Michael Trammell then watched four straight balls and trotted to first. Lucas Wright had two strikes before an error allowed him to get to first and Barton to score. Hamilton hit a line drive gloved by third baseman Chavez to shut it down.
Caddo sent only 13 batters the plate through the next four innings.
Calera’s four-run third inning began with a single by Josh Loper. Then, Rylee Barton sent a rocket over the left-field fence, punctuated with a “bang” as it hit a metal building on the other side. Caleb Phillips started the restocking of the bases when he was hit by a pitch and stole second. He took advantage of an error to move on to third. Harper was walked and Hodge hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Braxton Barton sent a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Phillips. Trammel struck out for the second out. Harper scored on a passed ball. Wright was walked and reached second, but he was left stranded after Hamilton flied out to left. Calera led 5-1 after three.
The Bulldogs added three more in the fourth inning. Loper reached on a single and Rylee Barton was hit by a pitch. Both moved around the bases on passed balls. Then, Phillips found a spot to drop a pitch and had to slide to make it a double, and score Loper and Barton. Phillips made his way around the bases as Harper and Hodge grounded out. The Bruins attempted a throw to the plate, but Phillips made it 8-1 before Braxton struck out to end all scoring.
The Bulldogs went three-and-out in the fifth and sixth innings. They were hitless in the seventh too, although Braxton Barton was pegged by a pitch and Trammell walked.
Patrick Joines took one for the team to start the final frame, but first base was as far as he got. Colton Ledford and Clay Argo went down on strikes, trying to get something going, and Grace flied out to centerfield.
Caddo started Paris on the pitcher’s plate, but Argo was moved to the mound from first with no outs in the fourth inning.
Calera brought Lucas Wright from second base to relieve Josh Loper in the sixth.
“We had a lot of missed opportunities and could’ve done things a little bit better, but Caddo competed,” said Calera coach Rickey Teafatiller. “We had a stretch there where we could’ve put the ballgame away, but I think we got a little complacent in what we were doing.”
Caddo coach Jeff Counce said, “We’ve got to play better. We’re better than what we’ve played. I know we are. I saw it all last year and in spots this year. We’ve got to adjust quick.”
Caddo has four senior starters, and the others our freshmen and sophomores, according to Counce.
“We’re having growing pains right now,” he said.
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