Neshoba Rockets take two wins
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00 AM
The Neshoba Central baseball team geared up for the State Class 3-5A playoffs by taking a pair of wins last week.
Neshoba Central’s Preston Anderson dives back to the base while Greg Eiland of Philadelphia tries to make a play Saturday. The Rockets won the game, 10-2.
The Rockets defeated Canton 19-1 on Friday, and then stopped Philadelphia 10-2 on Saturday.
The Rockets entered the week with a 13-8 overall and 5-3 in the region standings. They were to play Ridgeland on Monday and then close out the regular season at West Lauderdale on Tuesday. The Rockets were expected to open the playoffs on Thursday at Lake Cormorant. Neshoba Central will host Lake Cormorant on Friday in game two with a third game, in necessary, set to be play Saturday.
"Lake Cormorant plays in a tough region and we know we will have our hands full," Coach Justin Stovall said.
"We are playing better. For us, it's a new season and we are looking forward to seeing how far we can go."
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The Rockets went to work early as they took a win over region foe Canton.
Neshoba Central scored five in the first, three in the third and 11 in the fourth.
Austin Harrison was the winning pitcher. He recorded eight strike outs.
Colt Kilpatrick had a big day at the plate as he hit two singles, a double and brought in three runs. Preston Anderson had three singles and three RBIs. Ryan Montgomery, Brady Stephenson, Taylor Irby, Harrison and Brady Clark all hit two singles.
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The Rockets took the early lead as they defeated cross-town rival Philadelphia.
Neshoba Central scored four in the first, three in the second and three in the fifth inning. Philadelphia's two runs came in the first inning.
Brady Stephenson was the winning pitcher while Johntreal Pickens took the loss for the Tornadoes.
Clark hit two doubles and three singles to lead the Rockets while Tristen Ellingburg added three singles and two RBIs. Harrison and Montgomery both hit singles.
Greg Eiland hit a double to lead the Tornadoes while Pickens and Kaylon Gray both hit a single.