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Pilot Baseball Wins Two on RRAC Elimination Day

Pilot Baseball Wins Two on RRAC Elimination Day

Sterlington, LA - After a stumble on day two of the Red River Athletic Conference tournament the Pilots returned to form and picked up two wins to move to the semi-finals. LSUS would win the first game of the day in grand fashion by thumping Our Lady of the Lake by a score of 21-4. The Pilots would then finish the day by sending Houston-Victoria home by a score of 6-3. The two wins today move LSUS's overall record to 42-8. 

The RRAC Player of the Year, Vantrel Reed continued his blazing hot tournament performance going 4-5 in game one today and then following that up with a 3-4, 4 RBI performance in game two. Reed however, wasn't the only Pilot that had a great day. LSUS would open up the scoring against OLLU in the fourth inning with a bases loaded walk followed up by an Austin Gomm grand slam making the score 5-0, but that would just be the appetizer for what was about to come in the fifth. LSUS would plate 12 runs in the fifth. Hit, after hit, after hit, would cause four different pitching changes for the Saints and put the game on ice. The Pilots would go on to add another four runs in the sixth inning and ultimately win by run rule. LSUS would get an outstanding start from Tanner Young, with Kenneth Schechter and Connor Clark finishing up for the win. 

Draven Zeigler would treat everyone in attendance to absolute clinic in the second game of the day. Zeiger would go 7.0 innings, striking out 12 and only allowing just two runs. Chase Guitreau would also have a great performance on the mound, closing the door on the Jaguars and ending their season.  The offense wouldn't be quite as impressive in this game, but the Pilots bats would stay hot pushing across six runs on 10 hits. The aforementioned Reed would have both a double and a bases clearing triple, while Josh Gibson would triple and score three runs himself with AJ Fritz also doubling. 

LSUS will return tomorrow to avenge their lone loss of the post season against Louisiana Christian in the semifinals. First pitch is scheduled for 1pm with the winner facing Texas A&M Texarkana in the Championship Game. If the Pilots are going to hoist their second trophy of the season they will need to win three games over the next two days. 

Updated brackets can be found on the Red River Athletic Conference website. 

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 PC: Karolyn Hasler