Tigers dominate Bulldogs for series sweep

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com

East Iberville Tigers have swept their series with the White Castle Bulldogs, something that has not been done in quite some time, according to coach Moe Pointer.

As you may have followed the EIHS Tigers 2017 story, their 22-8 victory over their parish rival last week netted the school its third district win this season and third in at least 15 years.

EIHS took game one over the White Castle Bulldogs at home last Monday after a narrow 4-3 victory.  It was a completely different story for the Tigers on the road, however, as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after an inside-the-park home run from Tiger Izack Bailey.

Coach Pointer initially had Kelvin York on the mound for the Tigers, but pulled him during the first inning after the Bulldogs put up three runs of their own in the bottom of the first.

The Tigers were desperate to regain their lead and open the scoring gap, but could only muster up one run in each of the second and third innings.

The scoring floodgates did not open until the fourth inning when Blake Barbay hit in the team’s second inside-the-park home run, his second in the series, to put the Tigers up 10-4 after four innings of play.

The Tigers ran the table through the final three innings with three runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and eight in the top of the seventh.

WCHS could not close the gap, but put forth a valiant effort with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

“Sweeping this series was a must,” head coach Moe Pointer said.  “It has been many years since we beat White Castle.  The bats came around early because we had a good practice before we played them.”

Bulldog D.J. Pierce led both teams in hits with four, followed by Tigers Izack Bailey, Alex Campbell and Blake Barbay with three.  Bryce Purpera earned a pair of walks.

Bailey was also the team’s RBI leader with four, followed by Jake Harelson and Barbay with three.

Izack Bailey pitched the win and earned 17 first pitch strikes and eight strikeouts.

The Tigers are currently 3-7 in District 6-1A and will close out their regular season against 6-1A leading St. John Eagles this week before awaiting their potential postseason seeding.