Rain puts damper on local schedule
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:00 AM
Rain washed out most of the local baseball schedule this past week.
Neshoba Central had a big double-header on Saturday canceled due to wet grounds. The Rockets were to have hosted Madison Central and West Lauderdale. The West Lauderdale game will be made up in late April.
Some games did get in. Leake Academy split a pair of district games with Winston Academy but had a Friday game with Simpson rained out. Union got all three of its games in but went 0-3. Philadelphia picked up a win over Newton. Choctaw Central was rained out for the week.
Most of the local teams will be off this weekend for the Easter holidays. Neshoba Central is the only team in action as the Rockets visit West Lauderdale.
Neshoba Central 8-1
Leake Academy 6-9-1
Choctaw Central 3-3
Starkville at Neshoba Central
Philadelphia at Choctaw Central
Leake Academy at Manchester
Union at Enterprise
Neshoba Central at Starkville
Manchester at Leake Academy
Enterprise at Union
Neshoba Central at West Lauderdale
The Rockets took an 18-1 win over Canton on Tuesday. A second game with the Tigers and a Saturday double-header with West Lauderdale and Madison Central were canceled due to weather and wet grounds.
"We probably could have played on Saturday," Coach Justin Stovall said. "The infield was under water on Friday but I came up and check on Saturday around noon and it was dry."
The Canton game was a region game and will be made up April 9. The teams will play two varsity games at the Rockets' field. Game times are 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. On April 22, Neshoba Central will play junior varsity and varsity games at home vs. West Lauderdale. Game times are 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Against Canton, the Rockets scored nine in the first, two in the third and seven in the fourth.
Austin Harrison pitched a one-hitter and had six strikeouts. Harrison helped his own cause at the plate with a double, a single and a RBI. Caleb Crenshaw added two singles while John Carr Bates and Drew Coats each hit a single.
The Tornadoes scored an 8-3 win over Newton High School.
The Tornadoes trailed 3-0 but came back to claim the Region 5-3A win. Johntreal Pickens was the winning pitcher.
Last week was a long one for the Union Yellowjackets.
They dropped a pair of games to Clarkdale, 2-1 and 4-2. And in the process, they lost pitcher Zack Mowdy to a knee injury that appears to have ended his season. Then on Saturday, the Yellowjackets lost a 10-4 decision to Forest.
"It was a tough week," Coach Dustin Hamrick said. "We hated to lose Zack. But now our younger players are going to have to step up and pick up the slack."
The Yellowjackets are now 2-2 in the region standings.
In the first game, Clarkdale scored one in the sixth and one in the seventh. Union scored its run in the seventh. Mowdy was injured in the sixth inning. Mowdy, Adam Richardson and Will Kennedy all had singles.
In the second game, Union scored its two runs in the first. Clarkdale answered with one in the first, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Dustin Bates was the losing pitcher. Bates had two singles while Jake Rawson and Richardson both hit a single.
The Forest Bearcats jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning Saturday. Union scored three in the fifth and one in the seventh. Rawson was the losing pitcher. Bates, Rawson and Tre Bogan all had singles.
Will Myers pitched a no-hitter in the Rebels' 11-0 win over the Patriot. In the other game, Winston took an 8-2 win over Leake Academy.
In the first game, Leake Academy scored one in the first, one in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Myers had 13 strike outs.
The Rebels banged out 14 hits, led by Myers with two doubles and a single. Alex Shepard and Chipper Jones also had three hits while Reed Mayfield, Chris Pippen and Hunter Brown all hit a double.
In the other game, the Rebels left seven men on base and committed four errors. Brown had two hits and Myers hit a double. Joshua Jones was the losing pitcher.