Kade Passman struck out nine batters while giving up only two hits to spur Class B Monterey to a 5-1 victory over Franklin Parish on the opening day of the Mathew Johnston Memorial Tournament in Winnsboro Thursday night.
The sluggish Patriots (3-5) not only appeared baffled at the plate, but in the field as well, committing three costly errors that all led to runs.
Franklin Parish senior Cameron Ulmer (1-1) was dealt the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in four innings on the mound. The rangy right-hander struggled to find his rhythm, pegging five Monterey batters and walking three more. Justin Robbins relieved Ulmer in the fifth, giving up one run on three hits while striking out six.
Ashton Holland had a solid evening offensively for the Wolves, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Trey Book pitched in with a two-hit performance, while Dillon Smith and Jake Cooper each had a hit a piece.
Earlier in the day Monterey clobbered Family Community Christian School, 17-2, to kick off the tournament. Eight batters notched a hit for the Wolves in the blowout victory.
Tournament action continues today at FPHS as Rayville (1-5) will meet up with Delhi Charter (3-3) at 4 p.m., followed by Bastrop (1-5) against FCCS (0-6) at 7 p.m.
Games resume at 10 a.m. Saturday with Franklin Parish against Delhi Charter, followed by Rayville versus Bastrop at 1 p.m. Delhi Charter will play Bastrop at 4 p.m., before Franklin Parish and Rayville meet in the tournament finale at 7 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $6.
Check franklinsun.com for updates. The two Franklin Parish contests on Saturday will be aired live on 95.9 KMAR.
Neville clips Lady Patriots
In a meeting of two District 2-4A squads, the Neville Lady Tigers (5-6) beat Franklin Parish, 4-1, in Monroe Thursday night.
The Lady Patriots (4-3) will participate in the Ouachita Tournament this weekend, as they are paired against Sterlington at 4:30 p.m. today, before battling ASH at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.