LIVINGSTON -- The Albany and Doyle baseball teams both have their share of young players. But if Friday's game between the teams is any indication of what lies ahead, the future looks bright for both teams.
Albany freshman Brock Bennett hurled a complete game, and as the Hornets held off a four-run 7th-inning rally by the Tigers for a 7-5 win in the Doyle Tournament.
"We finally put a full game together, for the most part," Albany coach Gabe Woods said. "There at the end, we wanted to show that young side (and) started to get a little nervous. But they pulled through."
"We put them through heck (last) Wednesday after the Loranger game," Woods continued. "We put them through one of those practices where they were either going to step up and come out and play well this weekend or they were going to shut down, and they responded the right way."
Doyle coach Tim Beatty had nothing but praise for Bennett and the Hornets.
"It's one of those days," Beatty, whose team features no seniors this season, said. "Hats off to them, man. They just came out there and everything we hit was right at them. They made every play, made it look easy. The guy threw strikes and competed in the zone. It's just one of our days when everything we hit was right at them. (Things) didn't go our way until it was too late."
Later Friday, Maurepas scored a 12-4 win over the Hornets.
But in the early game, the Hornets got rolling in the 1st as Brett Davis singled to lead off the game, stole second and scored on Joey Smith's single. Smith stole second and third and scored on Tyler Albritton's grounder for a 2-0 lead.
The Hornets padded the lead in the 2nd after Reid Rayborn led off with a walk, Slade Bankston reached on an error and the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch.
At that point, Doyle starter Logan Turner was lifted for Colten Newsom, who was greeted with an RBI single from Donovan Giamalva down the third base line for a 3-0 lead. Davis' knocked in another run on a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.
"We were thinking base hits, mainly," Giamalva said. "We thought 'keep it down through the middle', and we seemed to be pretty successful at it."
Smith reached on catcher's interference, and Bennett singled, but the Hornets had a runner thrown out at the plate. Albritton grounded out to Newsom to end the inning.
Doyle picked up a run in the bottom of the 2nd after Hunter Mizell led off with a single, moved to second on an error and later scored on a two-out throwing error to cut the lead to 4-1.
The Tigers missed a chance to cut the lead further in the bottom of the 4th as Cameron Jones and Newsom got consecutive one-out singles, and Cole Mack reached on an error to load the bases. But Mizell struck out swinging, and the Hornets picked off the runner at first to get out of the inning.
"I think we've got to come out and score more runs when we had opportunities," Beatty said. "If you notice, the one inning we had them loaded and just had a little miscue at first. Like I said, we just didn't take advantage a lot of times when had the opportunity to take advantage in to make the game interesting instead of waiting until that last inning."
The Hornets padded their lead again in the 5th after Bennett singled, stole second and scored on Albritton's single past second for a 5-1 lead. Albritton moved to third on throwing error to first base and scored on Brock Legoria's single. Joseph Kinchen walked, and Rayborn's sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third.
Legoria was out a the plate on Bankston's grounder to the pitcher, but Giamalva singled to put the Hornets up 7-1. Doyle's Ty Mixon came on to get Davis to pop out to first to end the inning.
"If we don't keep pushing the entire game and keep pressing and keep trying to score runs and not get complacent, we lose that ball game," Woods said. "It was very important that we did that. We played to the identity that we've been preaching to them this year in that game."
Both teams had runners picked off at first in the 6th as neither team scored. Legoria singled to lead off the seventh and stole second, but Mixon got three straight outs.
That set the stage for Doyle's late surge as Mack singled to lead off the bottom of the 7th and moved to third on a pair of grounders to Bennett. Tristan Jones walked, and a pair of errors allowed two runs to score to cut the lead to 7-3. The runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch and Tyson Stewart's two-run single made it 7-5.
Jones legged out a single and stole second to put runners at second and third, but Newsom grounded out to third to end the game.
Bennett gave up seven hits and struck out one to get the win.
"They couldn't hit my fastball," Bennett said. "I was putting it in there. They were hitting it, but it was on the ground. My field was able to get outs for me. I was just staying consistent, throwing strikes, and my fielders were doing the rest of the job.
"When you go out there with a lead, you're more comfortable on the mound, you're able to throw better strikes, keep your arm speed up, keep your tempo up," Bennett continued. "You know you've got a field behind you. No worries. It was a good win."
Turner gave up two hits in one-plus inning to get the loss.
Against Maurepas, Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, and Bennett had a double.
Albany 7, Doyle 5
Albany 220 030 0 -- 7 10 6
Doyle 001 000 4 -- 5 7 4
Brock Bennett and Joey Smith. Logan Turner, Colten Newsom (2), Ty Mixon (5) and Cole Mack. W -- Bennett. L -- Turner. Records: Albany 2-11, Doyle 5-10. Up next: Pine at Albany, 4 p.m. Tuesday; Runnels at Doyle, 5:30 p.m. Monday.
MAUREPAS 12, ALBANY 4
The Wolves got rolling early, scoring four runs in the 1st inning and six in the 2nd to up 10-0.
Albany picked up a pair in the 3rd and one in the 5th to cut the lead to 10-3, but Maurepas scored two in the bottom of the inning to go up 12-3. The Hornets capped the scoring with one in the 7th.
Chase Guitreau gave up three hits two runs, walked two and struck out two in four innings to get the win. Ethan Nelson gave up 12 hits, 12 runs, walked nine and struck out three in a complete-game loss.
Hunter Duplessis was 2-for-3 with a home run, 3 RBIs and two runs scored to lead Maurepas, while Hunter Dupuy was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and Trevor Bovia went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a run scored.
Davis was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Albritton went 1-for-3, Rayborn was 1-for-4 and Bankston went 1-for-2 for the Hornets.
Maurepas 12, Albany 3
Albany 002 010 1 -- 4 5 0
Maurepas 460 020 x -- 12 12 2
W -- Chase Guitreau. L -- Ethan Nelson. 2B: Albany -- Brett Davis; Maurepas -- Hunter Dupuy, Trevor Bovia, Hunter Duplessis. 3B: Albany -- Davis. HR: Maurepas -- Duplessis. Records -- Albany 2-12, Maurepas 6-7. Up next: Pine at Albany, 4 p.m. Tuesday; Holden at Albany, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; Albany at Maurepas, 4 p.m. Thursday. Maurepas at French Settlement, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Maurepas at Albany, 4 p.m. Thursday; Maurepas at Springfield, 4 p.m. Friday.