Rockets, Tornadoes post region baseball victories
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00 PM
The Neshoba Central Rockets and Philadelphia Tornadoes both picked up region victories in prep baseball action last week.
Philly second baseman Marc Wood tags out a base runner.
The Rockets defeated Vicksburg 13-2 for the region win while the Tornadoes stopped Forest 8-1. In a meeting between the two teams, the Rockets defeated Philadelphia 14-1.
Neshoba Central was to have played Vicksburg twice last week but one game was rained out. Cody Singleton was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts in 4 innings of work. He helped his cause with a double and two singles.
The Rockets scored one in the first, five in the second, four in the fourth and three in the fifth. Vicksburg scored two in the first.
Colby Ellingburg hit a double and two singles while Beck Williams and Zack Smith both had two hits. Cole Irvin had a double and had two RBIs.
In a game played Saturday at Burnside Park, Neshoba Central scored four in the second and 10 in the fourth as they defeated Philadelphia. The Tornadoes’ only run came in the fifth inning.
Kameron Ferguson was the winning pitcher while Javon Pickens took the loss.
The Rockets had a 12-2 hitting edge. Williams hit a double and two singles and knocked in five runs. Ellingburg hit two doubles while Ferguson hit one. Jake Wilborn hit a double and a single and Kade Pigg had two singles.
Neshoba Central will be playing in the Meridian tournament at Q.V. Sykes Field this week. They were to play Kosciusko on Tuesday, and Southeast Lauderdale and Newton County on Thursday.
The Tornadoes put together nine hits as they defeated Forest 8-1 in a Region 5-3A game.
Philadelphia scored one in the first, two in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth. Forest scored one in the fifth.
Parker Wood was the winning pitcher. He recorded six strikeouts.
Marc Wood, Mark Hunt and Parker Wood all had two hits,
The Tornadoes then dropped a 4-3 decision to Choctaw County. The Tornadoes scored one in the first and two in the sixth. The Chargers scored on in the first, one in the third and two in the sixth. The Tornadoes had an opportunity to score in the seventh inning but could not get the runner in.
Wood took the pitching loss. He had eight strike outs.
Jackson Ward and Marc Wood both hit a double while Hunt hit two singles.
The Tornadoes will be playing in the Meridian tournament. They are slated to play Lake on Tuesday, Leake Central on Thursday and Newton High School on Saturday.
The Union Yellowjackets split a pair of games with Region 5-2A rival Bay Springs last week.
The Bulldogs defeated the Yellowjackets 6-5 in the first game, while Union won the second game 15-2. The Yellowjackets dropped a 6-4 decision to Lake on Saturday.
Trailing 5-4, Bay Springs scored two in the seventh to defeat the Yellowjackets. Lane Hanna was the losing pitcher. He struck out nine batters.
Jaylon Buckley hit a double and a single and knocked in three runs to pace Union. Casey Morris and Michael McDonald had two hits.
Union blasted 12 hits as they came back to beat Bay Springs. The Yellowjackets scored two in the first, eight in the second, three in the third and two in the fifth. Bay Springs scored two in the fifth.
Casey Morris was the winning pitcher. He had 12 strike outs.
Morris, Parker Rigby and J.T. Vance all hit a double, McDonald and Trevor Patchin both had two hits.
Lake scored two in the seventh to break open a tie game and take the win. Patchin took the pitching loss. McDonald, Hanna, Cameron Sones, Vance and Rigby all hit a single for the Yellowjackets.
Union will play in the Meridian tournament this week. They are slated to play Southeast Lauderdale and Lamar School on Friday. On Saturday, they visit Morton.
The Warriors did not have a game this past week. They were to play in the Meridian tournament on Tuesday against Puckett and Scott Central.
Leake Academy dropped a 9-5 decision to Oak Hill last week in the only game the Rebels were able to play.
Games against Canton Academy and East Rankin were rained out. The Rebels enter the week with a 4-3 record.
Cameron Brown took the pitching loss against Oak Hill. Oak Hill scored four in the first, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth. Leake Academy scored two in the first, one in the third and two in the fourth.
Garrett Myers had two doubles to lead the Rebels while Austin Wilcher added a single.
The Rebels are scheduled to play two games in the Benton tournament on Tuesday and then travel to Kirk Academy for a double-header on Wednesday.