Rockets blast past Tornadoes
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:00 AM
The Neshoba Central Rockets took an 11-2 win over cross-town rival Philadelphia Saturday in prep baseball action at Burnside Park.
Neshoba Central's Taylor Irby keeps an eye on the ball as he takes a pitch from Romon Gray of Philadelphia Saturday at Burnside Park.
Earlier in the week, the Rockets split a pair of games at the Northeast Lauderdale tournament. They defeated Quitman 8-5 and then dropped a 4-3 decision to the host Trojans in extra innings.
Neshoba Central entered the week with a 4-1 record. The Rockets were to play in the Meridian Spring Fling Tournament at Q.V. Sykes Field. They were play Richland on Tuesday and West Lauderdale on Wednesday.
Against Philadelphia, the Rockets scored one in the first, three in the second, two in the fifth and five in the seventh. The Tornadoes answered with two in the fifth.
Austin Harrison was the winning pitcher. He helped his cause with a home run and four RBIs. Tristen Ellinburg added two singles while Taylor Irby and Colt Kilpatrick both hit a single.
The Rockets kept up a steady attack against Quitman, scoring one in the first, one in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth. Barrett Ramia was the winning pitcher. Neshoba Central had a 6-4 hitting edge with Brandon Clark hitting a double while Harrison and Irby both hit a single and a RBI.
The Trojans scored in the bottom of the eighth to take their win over the Rockets. Ryan Montgomery was the losing pitcher in relief of Brady Stephenson. Irby led with two singles.
"We will get better as we play," Coach Justin Stovall said.
"We will keep working hard and trying to get better with our district schedule coming up."