A turnaround season ended for the bi-district and regional-quarterfinal champion Perrin Pirates over the weekend.
The Pirates (7-15) lost a best-of-three UIL CLass A regional-semifinal match up to the Dodd City Hornets (18-5), two games to none, after a pair of losses on Friday, May 17.
A recap of each game from Friday's double-header is available below:
Perrin 0, Dodd City 10
ERA – When you have more errors than hits, your chances of winning go downhill quickly.
Such was the case of Perrin's Pirates Friday in game 1 of their best-of-three regional semifinal series with third-ranked Dodd City. Three first inning errors by the Pirates got the floodgates started before the bats got rolling for the Hornets, who ultimately posted a 10-0 win.
Perrin Coach Jeff Browning said Dodd City took advantage of the Pirates miscues.
"They're good enough that if you make errors in the field, they're going to make you pay for them," Browning said following the 92-minute contest, played at Hornet Park in Era. "They're a grat team and hats off to them. We picked a bad night to not play our best."
Dodd City got its first two runners aboard via an error and Alec Simpson's RBI single. With two out, another error allowed Simpson to score for a 2-0 lead before a strikeout by RW Aldridge got Perrin out of the jam.
Perrin picked up two of its three hits in the first two innings. Freshman Tyler Welch stroked a one-out double in the first but was retired for leaving the bag early to end the threat.
Aldridge aided his cause with a single to open the second but was thrown out trying to steal. Dodd City pitcher Dillon Jones then retired the next eight in a row while the Hornets scored two more in the second and put up a four-spot in the third to begin pulling away.
Aldridge picked up his second hit to open the fifth but was again retired trying to steal. In the Hornet fifth, a hit batter and a double turned into runs as an error, the last of five for the game, allowed both runs to score and end the game on mercy rule.
Perrin 3, Dodd City 13
ERA – After being shut out in the first game of a Friday doubleheader, Perrin felt it had something to prove in game two to avoid elimination from the Class A baseball playoffs.
With the Pirates down 12-0 in the third to the third-ranked Hornets and looking another mercy rule game in the face, the squad stepped up and avoided it ... at least for a little while before a sixth-inning run helped the Hornets move to the regional finals with a 13-3, six inning win to clinch the series 2-0.
Pirate Coach Jeff Browning said the stuff junior pitcher Sammy Hernandez had used with success for most of the year just didn't work vs. the Hornets.
"It was a real disappointing end to the year," Browning said after the two-hour affair. "A lot of teams we've played, he was able to dominate them. "Give (Dodd City) Coach (Clint) Lindsey credit. He's got a squad that's very patient at the plate and they were able to get to him."
After roughing Hernandez for 12 runs on 10 hits in the first three innings, Hernandez was able to shut the squad down in the fourth before being relieved by Tyler Welch who allowed one run on one hit in two innings relief work, highlighted by a catch of a line drive which got a double play started to end the sixth.
Perrin got on the board in the fourth as Welch and Hernandez opened with singles. Landon Draper's sac fly and an error on a pickoff moved allowed the pair to score.
In the fifth, Anthony Pacheco led off with a walk. Pinch hitter Nathan Mock stroked a one-out single to right to score the run and extend the game another inning. The next two hitters were retired to end the threat.