Tigers News · Big third inning boosts Benton to Class 4A state baseball championship


Jimmy Touchet/Special to The Times

SULPHUR — The Benton Tigers scored seven runs in the top of the third inning and never looked back as the Tigers cruised to a dominating 13-2 win over the third-seeded DeRidder Dragons in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A state championship game at Sulphur’s McMurry Park on Saturday.

“This is for everyone,” Benton coach J.D. Stephens said.

“Benton has fought for this for years, back before I even got there. Even back when Coach Thrash started the program, there has been a firm foundation that the players and the community have been a part of and this is big for the school and the community and they are all of a part of it.”

The Tigers got the bats going in the top of the second inning when Clint Lasiter singled to left center to score designated hitter Sam Simmons, who reached earlier in the inning on a walk to give Benton the early 1-0 lead.

Benton junior pitcher Turner Toms was sensational on the mound for the Tigers as he pitched the complete game seven innings and only allowed three hits, no walks and struck out eight DeRidder batters. Toms was named the Class 4A state championship game’s Most Outstanding Player by the working the working media covering the game. to read the rest of the article click the link https://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/05/12/big-third-inning-boosts-benton-class-4-state-baseball-championship/605083002/