Best Team in Town? Gents Top Sports 8-4
Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Jon Christian

Tim Ryan

Matt Webb

Jimmy Baker

A.J. Howes

SHREVEPORT – In a match-up between amateurs and professionals, the Centenary baseball team took on the Shreveport Sports minor league team in an exhibition game at Fair Grounds Field on Tuesday evening.  The Gents came out on top 8-4, controlling the game from the beginning to show that you don’t have to get paid to field a top-notch team.


Although they were allowed to use metal bats, the Gents declined in order to have a more fair competition with the Sports.  Using wood bats for the first time all season, and for many of the Centenary players their first time ever, the Gents out-hit the Sports 14-7.


While out-scoring and out-hitting their opponent, Centenary’s most dominant performance came from the mound with their starting pitcher.  Senior Jon Christian tossed a remarkable game, going five innings while allowing just one hit and no walks.


Centenary’s upperclassmen did the most damage on the offensive slate as senior Tim Ryan led the way with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.  Junior Matt Webb connected with a towering two-run home run while Jimmy Baker added a pair of RBI on a double and a sacrifice fly.  A.J. Howes, who played three different defensive positions in the game, also added a hard-hit double to the gap in left center.


Down 6-0 in the sixth inning, the Sports plated four runs in the frame thanks to a Centenary error and a missed turned double play.  Johnny Noland would earn a strikeout to end the inning and hold the Sports scoreless in the seventh.


The eighth and ninth innings saw junior pitchers David McElroy and David Kees, respectively, hold down the fort for the victory.  Kees allowed an inning-opening bunt single, followed by a strikeout and a forced double play to end the game.


Centenary concludes their Mid-Continent Conference season this weekend as they travel to Rochester, Mich., to take on Oakland.  The Golden Grizzlies are currently in second place in the league standings while the Gents are tied for fourth.