Verbena scores in bunches, loses late

Published 3:26 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It was a game full of momentum swings during Verbena baseball’s 16-11 loss at home against Dallas County on April 2.

The high scoring affair was one-sided early on as the Red Devils quickly opened up a 9-0 lead through three innings of play.

Verbena batted around in the order in the bottom half of the second inning en route to an eight-run explosion.

Hits were spread throughout the Verbena lineup, and the Red Devils did an excellent job with patience at the plate, which led to a couple of the runs in the second inning coming from walks with the bases loaded.

However, just as quickly as Verbena established the lead, Dallas County was able to cut it to one run with three runs in the fourth inning and five more in the fifth.

Jacob Sanders started the game for the Red Devils and pitched into the fourth inning before Dallas County began to find some success the second time through the order.

Senior T.J. White came in for Sanders in relief and was able to help settle things down.

White showed off his athleticism with a perfectly timed pick-off throw to first base for an out early in the fifth inning. The throw arrived just in time to beat the runner before he could dive back to the bag.

Although White’s throw eliminated one base runner, Dallas County had several more to follow and went on to have its second consecutive big inning.

Verbena clung to a one-run lead and was able to extend it further with an RBI triple by Austin Barber that scored Justin Bryant.

The flurry of runs continued for the final two innings. The damage was mostly done by Dallas County down the stretch, as Verbena eventually could not keep up with the scoring pace.

Despite the loss, Verbena showed up strong for the second consecutive game.

The Red Devils have combined to score 25 runs in its last two games, which included its first victory of the season against Billingsley on March 22.