WALKER – Zachary capitalized on a flurry of errors and a stellar outing from Zack Farr to defeat league-leading Walker 6-1 on Tuesday in District 4-5A play.
The Wildcats committed five errors which led directly to five runs for the Broncos.
That was all the support Farr needed. He only allowed one run on one hit in the first inning, struck out eight and walked two en route to a complete-game performance.
“This is his third or fourth complete game for us this season,” said Zachary coach Jacob Fisher, whose team has won three straight and trails Live Oak (4-2) by a half-game in the district standings. “In the last inning we were like, ‘man, we’re in a lot of 2-strike counts.’ He was able to pitch very well for us.”
Walker pitchers Christian Cassels and Camden Carver pitched well enough to keep their team in the game. Both pitchers went three innings and combined to allow four hits.
But all five runs they allowed were unearned, and against Farr the Wildcats couldn’t make up the difference.
“The defense stood out because of the lack of offense,” Walker coach Randy Sandifer said. “We didn’t do a whole lot offensively. So that made us have to play perfect on defense. That part was tough. We got one in the first and then it was five unearned runs for them. Farr was a lot better this time around than the first time around.”
Walker (9-16, 4-2 District 4-5A) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Spencer Murray drew a leadoff walk. He was bunted over to second, where he scored on a Graham Smith single to right field.
Zachary (20-8, 3-2) tied the game in the third inning after a fielding error allowed AJ Bailey to reach second to start the third.
Bailey came around to score on Alex Milazzo’s single down the third-base line. In the next inning, Maverick McClure lead off with an infield single and then then took second base on a lapse by Walker’s defense.
When Brady Hernandez went to bunt him over to third, a throwing error sailed high and rolled deep into foul territory, allowing McClure to score and Hernandez to reach third. Hernandez scored on a single up the middle from Kyle Landry to give Zachary a 3-1 lead.
After a one-out walk in the sixth, Landry hit into what could have been a double play, but another throwing error allowed the lead run to score and moved Landry to third.
Landry then scored on a single from Jayden Williams.
In the seventh, Zachary scored another run on a pair of hits from Keilon Brown and Milazzo to widen its lead to 6-1.
“At this point in time, it’s about adjustments,” Sandifer said. “And we didn’t adjust very well with how they were pitching us and what they were trying to do.”
Zachary avenged its 7-2 loss to Walker on the opening night of district play.
“I feel like we didn’t give (Walker) our best shot the first time around,” Fisher said. “This time we were definitely going to give them everything we had. I feel like that’s what we did tonight.”