The scouting report on Prairie View pitcher Darrien Williams, who started against Southern in the second game of a three-game series Saturday at Lee-Hines Field, was simple: He throws primarily fastballs.
The message, though, wasn’t received by the Jaguars, coach Roger Cador said. On top of that, the Panthers pounded 16 hits while Southern committed five errors in the Jaguars’ 14-6 loss Saturday.
“Here’s a guy who threw 99 percent fastballs,” Cador said. “We told them that, and we still couldn’t figure it out. So that’s the kind of stuff that keeps you from enjoying success. When you have information at your disposal, you’re supposed to be able to do something with it, and we couldn’t do it.”
Southern (4-10, 2-5 SWAC) registered three hits, including two doubles, off Williams in the first inning, but only one run crossed the plate. Javeayan Williams was caught stealing after he led off with a sharp single. Robinson Mateo, who walked, was thrown out at the plate on Dondrayas Harris’ double off the wall.
John Pope followed Harris with a double of his own, scoring Harris from third.
But the Panthers (5-18, 2-3) responded with a five-run second inning off four hits and two errors. Kevin Macias and Corbin Jamison provided an RBI single and an RBI triple, and the final run came home via an error on a strikeout.
Southern starting pitcher Daniel Franklin settled in after the rough second, holding the Panthers scoreless through his next five innings. He stranded runners at the corners in the third with a pop-out and left a runner at third base in the fourth with a strikeout. He struck out seven on 107 pitches.
“I really had my fastball and my curveball working,” he said. “(In the second inning), I really should have settled down and (held them) to two, instead of the five runs to stop the bleeding faster. That was the biggest thing.”
The right-hander also escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh, but it was in much more bizarre fashion. Prairie View right fielder Cody Den Beste attempted to tag up from third base on a fly ball to right, but he left the bag too early. Southern appealed the play, and Den Beste was ruled out to end the inning.
“The umpire made a mistake,” Cador said. “He did not allow us to appeal. He asked us (if we were) appealing, and we said we were going to, and he made the call. He should have been patient, let the pitcher get back on the rubber and then we would throw over. He’s a high school official. They don’t have to do it in high school. That was the problem.”
The umpires resumed the top of the inning, allowing Southern to properly tag the base to record the third out.
Aside from Javeayan Williams’s two-run homer in the fifth, which cut the Jaguars’ deficit to 5-3, Southern couldn’t offer much support to Franklin. Darrien Williams gave up just five hits over his final six innings.
Franklin was lifted for John Guienze to start the eighth, but he couldn’t keep the game within reach. The Panthers scored two runs on three hits in the eighth, then blew the game open in the ninth with six runs on six hits.
The rubber match is 1 p.m. Sunday at Lee-Hines Field.