BOSWELL — The Scorpions had to settle for second place in their own tournament Saturday, losing 9-6 to Haworth.
The home team didn’t recover from some costly errors, and a questionable call at first base in the bottom of the fourth inning clipped a rally that had given Boswell a 6-5 edge.
Boswell started Cameron Roberts on the mound. He walked the first batter on four pitches. The next batter got one through to left field for a single. The third batter flied out to right. Then, Haworth got a dink down the first baseline. First baseman Trevor Phillips opted to go to second instead of stepping on his bag. The runner at second was safe, and the Lions’ leadoff scored on the play.
Haworth batter reached on an error and went on to second, but Boswell was able to keep the lead runner from scoring for the inning’s second out. Roberts struck out the next batter with runners at second and third.
Blaine Brown did his job as leadoff with a blast to left field near the foul line for a double. Blake Shults popped up a foul in play that was caught by the third baseman before Brown stole third and scored as the catcher’s throw to snag him ended up in left field.
Roberts ripped a single up the middle for a single and stole second. But Tracy Brown flied out to short center and Dusty Belvin struck out to leave it 1-1 after the first inning.
That’s how it stood after two innings too, as both teams went three-and-out.
Haworth’s four-run third inning began with a fly ball to centerfield that escaped Blaine Brown’s glove for a single. Then with another hit Haworth had runners in scoring position at third and second base. *
One run would score on a passed ball. Another run crossed the plate when Haworth’s cleanup got a grounder past short stop Tracy Brown. The five-hole hitter sent one straight up the middle and the next batter got one through to right field to load the bases. Roberts struck out the seven-hole. Then the eight-hole took a two-RBI single up the middle. Another strikeout finally got the Scorpions out of the stanza.
Blaine Brown was able to land a double over the right fielder’s head. He stole third as Shults struck out and made it home on Roberts’ double to left. But Tracy Brown went down on K’s to leave it 5-2 in favor of the Lions.
Roberts struck out Haworth’s leadoff to start the fourth. But he walked the next batter, who advanced to second on a passed ball. Another walk prompted Boswell coach Alan Cartwright to switch Roberts and short stop Tracy Brown. Brown struck out his first batter, and a caught fly in centerfield brought on the Scorpions offense.
Belvin got it rolling with a single up the third baseline. He stole second and made it to third on a ground out to second by Pierce. Belvin scored on a single by Phillips that was just out of the third baseman’s reach. Caleb Brown went right back at the third baseman, who bobbled the ball and made a bad throw that ended up in the dugout, giving Phillips and Brown extra bases. Berryhill grounded out to the pitcher for the second out.
Then, Blaine Brown was hit in the foot by a pitch, loading the bases. That was an opportune time for a two-RBI single by Shults that put Brown on third. He scored on a passed ball as Shults moved to second. Two pitches later, another PB allowed Shults to get to third. Roberts sent yet another to the third baseman, who juggled it before making the throw. It looked as though Roberts had beat it, but he was called out to close the inning before Boswell could post more than a one-point lead at 6-5.
The Lions’ seven-hole drew a walk to start the fifth inning, but he was tagged out on a ground ball to second that Boswell couldn’t turn into a double play. A passed ball let the runner get to second before Haworth’s nine-hole also took a walk. Cartwright called timeout for a mound conference but made no change.
The Lions’ leadoff landed an RBI single in left field, then stole second to put runners in scoring position. That set up a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored one. With two outs, Haworth’s three-hole hit a long fly ball the centerfield that fell from Blaine Brown’s glove for a two-RBI double. The next batter placed one in right-center that scored another run. He stood on second after a passed ball, and the five-hole took a stroll to first on four balls. Roberts then took care of a ground ball and throw to second to escape the frame down by three, 9-6.
Tracy Brown went back to picking on Haworth’s third baseman, slipping one through to left field. But Belvin hit into a 1-3-4 double play. Pierce then grounded out to the first baseman.
Despite three errors through the sixth and seventh innings — a bobble, a throw to second after a passed ball that ended up in centerfield and a missed ground ball — the Scorpions didn’t allow another run. But they couldn’t score any either. Berryhill’s blooper to shallow left in the sixth was the only other hit. Shults and Tracy Brown earned walks in the seventh but were left stranded.
“Boy, we were bad in the field,” Cartwright said. “We were awful. When you make eight errors, it’s not very good.”
“Starting out, our command on the mound wasn’t very good either.”
The starter, Roberts, ended up with five strikeouts against four walks and nine hits in four and one-third innings. Tracy Brown struck out one, walked three and gave up four hits in one and two-thirds innings. Pierce started the sixth on the mound. He walked one and allowed three hits.
“(Haworth) is a good team,” Cartwright said. “They’re just 2A and they don’t get any respect over there. They’re ranked like 35th or 40th, and they’re a whole lot better than that. It was just one of them days. We just have to get better. That’s all there is to it.”
Boswell fell to 6-3 on the season but held on to the No. 13 ranking in Class B.
Regina Phillips can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 120 or on Twitter @NewspaperRegina.