Philly looks for answers with pitching
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia High School baseball team will try to get on the winning track this week in the Meridian Spring Break Tournament which will held at Q.V. Sykes Field.
The Tornadoes entered the week with a 1-4 record. They were to play Union on Monday, Puckett on Tuesday and Newton County on Wednesday.
The Tornadoes went 0-3 over the weekend. They dropped a 10-2 decision to Northeast Lauderdale on Friday. On Saturday, they lost 11-2 to Neshoba Central and 10-3 to Louisville.
"We are struggling with our pitching right now," Coach Cody Freeman said. "We are hitting the ball and playing pretty good defense. But we are giving up too many walks and making mistakes on the baseline. We have to get that straightened out."
Johntreal Pickens took the pitching loss against Northeast Lauderdale. Both teams had six hits. The Tornadoes scored one in the first and one in the seventh. Northeast Lauderdale scored two in the first, three in the third, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Pickens hit a double for the Tornadoes and Greg Eiland added two singles. T.J. Hudson, Fent Mars, and Rafael Tanguma all hit a single.
Kaylon Gray hit two singles in the Tornadoes' loss to Neshoba Central. The Rockets scored one in the first, three in the second, two in the fifth and five in the seventh. Philadelphia scored two runs in the fifth.
Romon Gray started and was the losing pitcher. Tecoy Bingham and Tanguma both hit singles for the Tornadoes.
The Tornadoes went up 2-1 in the first inning and held on until the third inning against Louisville. The Wildcats came back to score three in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Kaylon Gray took the pitching loss. He helped his cause with three hits while Josh Rush added two.
T.J. Hudson, Fent Mars and Pickens all added one single.