Lavaca Advances To Regional Championship
By Kevin Taylor Times Record
Hayden Headley broke a sixth-inning tie with his first homer of the season.
But it was Tanner Graham’s sparkling defensive gem in right field that saved Lavaca’s 7-6 win against Charleston Monday morning in the 3A Region 1 tournament.
The Golden Arrows (11-9) were scheduled to play Danville Monday in the championship to determine the first two seeds in this week’s state tournament in Harrison.
Graham snagged Ty Storey’s long drive with Matthew Ward breaking on the pitch Lavaca quickly turned the potential extra base hit into a game-ending double play.
“When I saw the ball hit, I thought it was a 7-7 game and they had the (winning) run on third base with one out,” Lavaca coach Mark Headley said.
Charleston (19-6) then lost to an 11-8 slugfest to regular season champion Lamar in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of rain and lightning. The teams agreed to make the game official.
The Golden Arrows have won six their last eight games.
“I was proud of the way our kids came out and approached the region tournament,” Headley said. “We’ve been a little up and down. We have a lot of talent, we just haven’t always put it together. I like our momentum right now. We wanted to play this championship game, just because of the way the guys are playing.”
Headley drove in three runs and Anthony Todaro had three of Lavaca’s seven hits.
Junior Lucas Denham was the winning pitcher.
The Golden Arrows took a 1-0 lead on Headley’s RBI grounder in the first against Charleston starter and loser Austin Pittman. Headley capped a three-run third with an RBI single.
Charleston fell behind, 4-0 and trailed 6-4 in the fifth when Ward’s two-run triple tied the game.
LAMAR 11, CHARLESTON 8
Eric James hit a home run and the regular season Lamar Warriors beat Charleston, 11-8, for the No. 3 seed heading into Thursday’s 3A state tournament.
Ty Storey hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in five runs for the Tigers.
DANVILLE 9, LAMAR 7
The Little Johns (18-3) overcame seven errors and beat Lamar, 9-7, to earn a berth in the regional championship.