College baseball: BPCC’s season ends in regional tournament

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The Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers’ best season in more than a decade came to an end Monday in the Region XIV tournament at Lamar University.

The Cavaliers fell to Wharton County (Texas) Junior College 7-5 in an elimination game. BPCC dropped a tough 3-2 decision in 11 innings to Alvin (Texas) Community College in the first round Sunday.

The Cavaliers finished 31-21.

BPCC trailed Wharton 6-1 after five innings. The Cavaliers scored one in the sixth and three in the seventh to get within one. Wharton added one in the bottom of the seventh.

BPCC led off the eighth with two walks but a fielder’s choice followed by two strikeouts ended the threat. The Cavs went down in order in the ninth.

BPCC’s Adrian Minjares went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Kanin Dodge also went 2-for-4 with a double.

Bobby Lada hit a solo home run. Andrew Mills had two RBI.

Colton Carrion led Wharton with three hits. Starter Ryan Jennings allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out 10 in seven innings.

BPCC’s Branon Pope allowed four hits and one earned run in 5 1/3 innings of relief. He struck out seven and walked none.

BPCC led Alvin 2-0 after seven innings. But Alvin scored a run in the eighth and hit a home run in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. The Dolphins won it in the bottom of the 11th with a walk-off single.

BPCC put runners on first and third with one out in the 10th on singles by Dodge and Minjares. But the Cavs couldn’t get a run across.

Dodge went 3-for-5. Minjares and Will Doughty had two hits each. Mills had a double.

BPCC starter Jose Cabrera Jr. went six innings. He allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one. Zane Morehouse, who pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, took the loss.