Rockets sweep pair from Starkville
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 AM
The Neshoba Central Rockets swept a pair of Region 3-5A victories over Starkville last week in prep baseball action.
Neshoba Central's K.J. Moore dives back to first base to avoid being picked off at West Lauderdale in prep baseball action Saturday. The Rockets entered the week with a 10-2 record.
The Rockets beat the Yellow Jackets 5-3 in game one and took the second game 4-2. On Saturday, Neshoba Central dropped a 5-2 decision to West Lauderdale.
Neshoba Central improves to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the region. The Rockets were to host Yazoo City on Tuesday and travel to Yazoo City on Friday for a pair of region games. They visit Philadelphia at noon on Saturday at Burnside Park.
"That was two big district wins for us," Neshoba Central Coach Justin Stovall said. "We are really getting good pitching. Now we need for our hitting to catch up. If we could hit in a game like we do in the cage, we would be all right."
Neshoba Central scored four in the first and one in the fourth to claim the first game. Austin Harrison was the winning pitcher as he allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters.
Chase McNair led with a double and a single and two RBIs, while Caleb Crenshaw added a double and a RBI. John Carr Bates, Harrison and Joseph Willis all connected on singles.
The second game was just as close. The Rockets scored one in the first, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Starkville's runs came in the seventh.
Zack Whittle was the winning pitcher. He allowed four hits and had six strike outs.
The Rockets finished with eight hits. Bates belted two doubles while McNair, K.J. Moore and Brady Stephenson all had two singles. Willis and Crenshaw both had a single.
On Saturday, the Rockets battled rival West Lauderdale. Neshoba Central scored one in the first and one in the fourth. West came back with two in the second, two in the third and one in the sixth.
Drew Coates took the loss. He allowed five hits and had five strike outs.
The Rockets finished with five hits. Bates hit a home run and a single. Crenshaw, Willis, Coates and McNair all had a hit.