On a cool, clear evening, the Bayou Academy Colts had everything going their way against the Delta Academy Raiders here Thursday night.
The Colts scored in five different innings and got a stellar complete game performance from Paul O’Neal as they pounded the Raiders 11-1 in a game that ended after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The Colts won their second in a row and improved to 3-4.
O’Neal was lights out on the mound as he yielded an unearned run on just three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in six innings of work.
“Paul stepped up big,” Bayou head baseball coach Will Reed said. “We needed a lot of innings out of him and he was able to carry the whole game with a low pitch count. He pounded the strike zone well.”
The offensive support for O’Neal started to come in the second when Tyler Thweatt roped a RBI-single to center field to give the Colts a 1-0 advantage. Bayou added four more runs in the third with Collins Tabb and Hayes Holman each tagging RBI-singles in the frame to stretch the Colts’ lead to 5-0.
Delta scored its only run in the top of the fourth, but Bayou fought right back by scoring two more in the bottom of the inning to make the score 7-1. The Colts wrapped up the game in the bottom of the sixth with four runs to lock down the 10-run win.
“Early in the year we were passive at the plate and took pitches we should have been hitting, Reed said. “Now, we’ve become more aggressive and we’re putting the bat on the ball more. We’re getting into situations where we can use our bunts more, steal bases and take extra bases on plays.”
John Maggio led the Colts at the plate with two hits including a double and two runs to lead the Colts, followed by Brett Burrell with a hit and two RBIs, Tabb, Holman and Paxton McKnight with a hit, a run and a RBI each, Thweatt with a hit and a RBI and Spence Martin with a RBI and two runs scored.
Bayou will return to the diamond on Monday to play in the Porter’s Chapel Spring Break Tournament in Vicksburg.