DENHAM SPRINGS -- After a week of rainouts, the Denham Springs High Metro League baseball team was finally able to take the field Tuesday.
Mother Nature didn’t play a part against Parkview Baptist, but malfunctioning lights did. The game was called after 6 innings due to darkness with Denham going down 7-4 to the Eagles.
Senior Micah Tippit received his first start at pitcher for the Yellow Jackets. The backup catcher last year looks to get more playing time on the mound next season. He went 4.1 innings and gave up a single run through the 4th inning with 4 strikeouts.
But the 5th Inning was disastrous for Tippit and the Yellow Jackets.
The inning started innocently enough with Tippit striking out Sam Russell. A hit-by-pitch, single and walk to the next three batters loaded the bases and ended the night for Tippit.
“I was just tired,” Tippit said. “But I think I did well for my first start.”
David Frye replaced Tippitt with the Yellow Jackets still holding on to a 4-1 lead. After a bad throw home on a ground ball scored two more runs for the Eagles, Parkview center fielder Kyle Washington hit a double down the left-field line to score two more runs.
Washington came in to score on Kenneth Peyton’s RBI single. Washington went 2-for-2 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs.
DSHS took a couple runs away from Parkview, however, when two runners were thrown out at the plate to end the 5th and 6th innings.
Walks and errors were too much to overcome for the young Yellow Jackets.
“When you give up five or six free bases and make errors at the wrong time, you aren’t going to win many ballgames,” DSHS coach Mark Carroll said. “We really have to work on that this summer.”
The first three Yellow Jacket runs came in the 1st inning. Tippit and Matt Delaney each had an RBI single and Brennan LeBlanc scored on Peyton’s error. Ty Pourciau came home to score the fourth and final run for DSHS in the 4th.