Rockets try to get season back on track for games
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:30 AM
The Neshoba Central baseball team will try to get its season back on track this week as they have three region games on the schedule.
The Rockets were to host Canton for a double-header on Tuesday.
Then Friday, they host Starkville.
Neshoba Central visits Kosciusko Saturday for a non-region game.
The Rockets entered the week with an 11-4 overall record and 3-2 region mark. They dropped two games to region rival Yazoo City last week, falling 8-3 in the first game and 5-4 in the second game.
On Saturday, they took a 10-3 win over Philadelphia.
"We are pitching well," Coach Justin Stovall said. "But we just aren't hitting the ball well right now. We just have to regroup and keep playing hard."
Errors and too many runners left on base proved to be the Rockets' downfall in the first game.
The Rockets scored two in the third and one in the seventh. Yazoo City scored two in the second, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Austin Harrison struck out 14 batters in a losing cause.
The Rockets had a 5-4 hitting edge. Peyton Clark had a double and a single while John Carr Bates, Joseph Willis and Drew Coats all hit a double.
Yazoo City scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to slip past the Rockets in the second game. Zack Whittle had eight strike outs in the losing cause.
Neshoba Central had a 10-8 hitting edge.
Harrison hit a double and two singles while Chase McNair and Bates both added a double and a single. K.J. Moore hit a single.
On Saturday, the Rockets rebounded to take a 10-3 win over Philadelphia. Neshoba Central scored seven in the first, two in the third and one in the sixth. Philadelphia scored three in the fifth. Coats was the winning pitcher. Tanner Salter, Brady Stephenson and Ryan Montgomery all saw time on the mound.
The Rockets had a 12-5 hitting edge. Peyton Clark led the Rockets with a home run and two doubles and two RBIs while Caleb Crenshaw hit a two doubles and brought in a run. McNair added a triple and a RBI; Taylor Irby had two singles; and, Bates, Moore and Jarod Brister all hit a single.