Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 19, 2013

Navarro baseball: Bulldogs win home opener 4-3

Hernandez's sac fly in bottom of 6th breaks tie

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Navarro Bulldogs were up to their old tricks Tuesday afternoon. Rallying in the late innings yet again at home.

Jovan Hernandez had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth and Blake Griffin came on for a three-out save as Navarro won its home opener over Bossier Parish 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Graham Field.

Navarro (6-5, 1-0) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game and got another run in the next inning to take its first lead of the seven-inning game.

J.P. Phillips, who homered in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1, started the fifth-inning rally with a one-out single up the middle. Mason Salazar followed with a triple up the left-center field alley to make it 3-2 Bossier. Kaleb Goodell played the tying run with a ground out to second.

Chad Young, who earned the win, produced a shutdown inning in the top of the sixth, setting up the game-winning rally. Tyler Wilson had a one-out single and Byron Reichstein followed with double to put runners at second and third. Campbell Cooper was intentionally walked to the load the bases. Hernandez then sent a shallow fly ball into right field and Wilson scored on a poor throw.

Griffin, who has been awesome so far this season, got two fly balls and strikeout looking to cruise through the top of the seventh. He has two saves in two chances this season.

Phillips pumped up Navarro's dugout with his home run in the bottom of the third. The Bulldogs hit three home runs in 25 home games last season. Phillips produced one in the first home game with a very light breeze, a rarity at Graham Field, where the prevailing wind usually blows straight in from center field.

Tuesday's Linescores

Game 1

Navarro 4, Bossier Parish 3


Bossier   100   110  0 -- 3   8   0

Navarro   001   021  x -- 4   7   2

WP -- Chad Young (2-1). LP -- Preston Gray. Sv -- Blake Griffin 2.

Top hitters -- Bossier Parish: Josh Rodriguez 2-4 (2 runs), Ross Moore 2-3 (1 RBI), Robert Staten 2-3. Navarro: J.P. Phillips 2-3 (1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Mason Salazar 1-2 (3B, RBI, run), Byron Reichstein 2-3 (2B), John Clay Reeves 1-3 (2B).

Records -- Bossier Parish 8-2, 0-1 in the East Zone. Navarro 6-5, 1-0.