State Tournament Quarterfinals: Colony 5, Service 4

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 2, 2022

Bryant Marks led off the eighth inning with a triple and scored on Brayden Parrent's RBI single as Colony survived and advanced after edging Service 5-4 in extra innings on Day 1 of the ASAA Division I state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Marks and Parrent combined for all five RBIs and relief pitcher Zephon Rhowmine picked up the win with 1.2 innings.

Marks was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs after his bases-loaded double in the third inning gave Colony a 3-0 lead.

Parrent was the next batter and singled in Marks to make it 4-0. That combo came up clutch again in the eighth inning to push Colony (11-5) into Friday's final four.

Parrent finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Colton Haase, Karsen Spradling and Koen Leaders scored runs.

Haase started on the mound and threw 6.1 innings on 100 pitches. He scattered four hits and six walks while striking out four.

Service (12-7) forced extra innings after scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, keyed by Jake Rafferty's two-run double on an 0-2 count.

The Cougars tied the game when Rafferty scored on a two-out error.

Rafferty was remarkable, striking out 10 in five innings. At one point he struck out five straight batters. The big right-hander also struck out the side in the second and fourth innings.

His only hiccup came in the third inning after he loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman to bring up Marks, who left a mark with his extra-base knock.

Rafferty's 2-hit, 3-RBI, 10-strikeout performance was strong. His double-digit Ks was the most at the ASAA D1 state tournament since 2018 when South's Gage Webster had 13 Ks and Ketchikan's Cody Kemble had 10.

Michael Sculley pitched two innings of scoreless relief and Hunter Christian retired three straight batters with Parrent standing on second base in the eighth inning to thwart further damage.