McPherson, Finke Go Deep in Shortened Win
Cort McPherson and Jacob Finke homered – with Finke providing a three-run walkoff in the eighth – to lead a 14-hit Angelina College attack in the Roadrunners’ 11-2 win over Bossier Parish College in eight innings Thursday at Roadrunner Field.
AC’s Chris Estrada finished with four hits in five trips to the plate, McPherson finished 3-for-5 and Finke and Chase Adams each added two hits.
Starting pitcher Baily Holstein earned the win, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out three. Reliever Reid Garrett finished off the Cavs, giving up just one hit and no runs in 2 2/3 innings.
AC trailed 1-0 in the second before Mitch Andrews doubled down the third-base line to drive in Finke. The ‘Runners took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Adams’ infield single, Zach Rome’s bases-loaded walk and Ryan Bellamy’s sacrifice fly.
McPherson helped pad the lead with his two-run shot in the fifth for a 5-2 AC lead; and the Roadrunners tacked on three more in the sixth on RBI singles from Bellamy, Estrada and Mitch Henshaw.
In the top of the sixth, the Cavs managed to load the bases, but Bellamy crashed into the centerfield wall making a spectacular catch and throwing to second to double off a Cav runner and end the inning.
Finke shortened the game by an inning with his three-run blast over the left-field wall in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Roadrunners the win in the series opener.
The teams wrap up the series with a Saturday doubleheader in Bossier City. Game time is 1 p.m.
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