It was Senior Night at the ball park as the Macks Creek Pirates played host to the Iberia Rangers. At the end of the night, Iberia emerged with a 9-5 win to spoil the festivities.
A quiet first inning for both sides started the game off. In the second, Andrew Cross reached for the Rangers on a walk ahead of a Tyler Slawson beaning by Pirates' hurler Brian Devivo. A wild pitch would move Cross to third before an errant pick off throw to first allowed him to score, pitting the Rangers to a 1-0 lead.
Iberia plated three more in the third. With one out, Wyatt Ray and Riley Halley drew walks to put runners on first and second. Dickey followed with an RBI-single to left to push Ray across. After a strikeout, Cross doubled to bring in Halley, making it a 3-0 game. Dickey later scored on a wild pitch.
Trailing 4-0, Macks Creek rallied in their half of the third. Matt Hicks and Jacob Devivo collected back-to-back walks ahead of a strikeout, bringing the top of the Pirates lineup to the plate. Brian Devivo collected his second home run of the Spring when he laced the first pitch he saw off Iberia pitcher Riley Halley over the wall in left-center to bring Macks within one at 4-3. Tommie Willis followed with a ball to third that was misplayed. Bricker Berry would reach base with two outs when he was hit by a pitch before Lane Parrack hit a high pop up down the first baseline, which dropped, allowing courtesy runner Chase Schmidt to score and tie the game.
Macks Creek struck again in the bottom of the fourth. Hicks again drew a lead off walk. With two outs, Brian laced a double to the left-center gap to put the Pirates ahead 5-4 when Hicks crossed the plate. It was all the scoring the Pirates would do for the night.
Iberia plated two runs in the top of the fifth. Dustin Bloodgood reached on an error and Cross doubled to center, plating Bloodgood, and later came in to score when Colby Jones doubled to left to put Iberia ahead 6-5.
The Rangers plated three more runs in the top of the seventh to create the final margin. They utilized two errors, one with the bases loaded which allowed two runners to score, to do so.
Brian Devivo fell to 2-4 with the loss. He worked the first six-and-one-third of an inning, allowing nine runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out 10, walking seven and hitting one batter. Tommie Willis worked the final two outs of the seventh. He allowed no runs, hits or walks.
Riley Halley threw a complete game for the Rangers. He allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits while striking out 11, walking four and hitting one batter.
Page 2 of 2 - Brian Devivo paced the Pirates offense with two hits in four trips to the plate. He collected a three-run home run and an RBI-double to finish with four RBI's and one run scored on the night. Austin Hufferd and Lane Parrack collected the only other two hits for Macks Creek. Tommie Willis reached on an error, Chase Schmidt scored as a courtesy runner and Bricker Berry was hit-by-a-pitch. Matt Hicks and Jacob Devivo each walked twice in the contest, with Hicks crossing the plate twice and Jacob once.
Andrew Cross paced the Rangers with a two-for-three night at the plate, which included a pair of RBI-doubles and three runs scored. Darrien Dickey and Zach Roark had RBI-singles and Colby Jones collected an RBI-double. Roark also had a single as well. Tyler Slawson doubled to round out the Ranger hits. Wyatt Ray, Riley Halley, Dickey, Dustin Bloodgood, Slawson and Zack Pemberton each scored a run for the visitors.
"We are still struggling to out together a full seven innings," said Coach Jason Trusty, "I am hoping that we will start doing that here in the last two weeks of the season before playing in the District."
Macks Creek drops to 8-6 with the loss while Iberia improves to 6-6.
The Pirates JV moved to 2-2 with a 5-1 win in the night cap.
Ben Lutz went the distance for the home team. He allowed an unearned run in five innings of work for his first JV victory on the mound. He also struck out 12 and walked only four.
Tommie Willis collected two singles, an RBI and a run scored to pace the JV Pirates. Brian Devivo collected a triple, a walk and two runs scored. Eric Waters reached base twice and once while Chase Schmidt was hit-by-attach and scored a run. Austin Bryner collected an RBI as well.
Macks Creek travels to Morrisville to take on the Marion C. Early Panthers tomorrow, a game that was moved due to inclement weather on Thursday, before traveling to Walnut Grove on Friday. Game time for tomorrow's game is 5:00.