Kade Hayes picked up his first win of the season and Trent Storts went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored to lead the Latta Panthers to a 9-1 victory over the Asher Indians Monday afternoon.
Latta (13-8) got on the board with a Brett Jennings homerun to left field in the second inning and then added five more in the third. Hayes led off with a walk followed by a Jake Collins single to left. Bryce Harris laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases with none out. Storts hit an RBI single to center to score courtesy runner Tanner Dees. A pair of errors allowed Collins, Harris and Storts to score and Boady Snider added a sacrifice fly to push the Panther lead to 6-0.
Asher (22-7) got on the board in the top of the fourth when Matt Palmer led off with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Trent Boles to cut the lead to 6-1. The Panthers got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Mills walked and Hayes followed with a single. Collins lined out to center field and the throw to third base beat Mills to the bag. Harris walked and Storts hit an RBI single to score Hayes for a 7-1 lead.
Hayes didn’t have any strikeouts, but did set down seven batters in a row at one point early in the game and kept the Indians from putting together hits.
Latta put the game away with a pair of runs in the sixth as Mills reached on a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Harris scored on an error to finish the scoring.
“That’s a pretty good baseball team (Asher),” Latta head coach Eddie Collins said. “They’ll be dangerous in Class B. We played pretty good defensively, had a double play or two, but we need to continue to get more consistency (heading into the playoffs).”
Hayes finished 2-for-3 with courtesy runner Dees scoring a pair of runs and Harris reached base three times and scored twice.
Phillip Lamirand went 2-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the Indians.