Rockets warm up for region schedule
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:00 AM
The Neshoba Central Rockets went 2-2 over the Spring holidays as they geared up for their upcoming Region 3-5A prep baseball schedule.
The Rockets entered the week with a 6-3 record. They played last week in the Meridian Spring Fling Baseball Classic. They opened with a 2-0 win over Southeast Lauderdale and then lost 7-0 to West Lauderdale. The Rockets then dropped a 4-3 decision to Richland before bouncing back to top Newton County 4-1.
"I'm proud of our effort this week," Coach Justin Stovall said. "Our pitching had a good week. We were ahead in the Richland game before they pulled it out in the seventh. We are making progress and are looking forward to our upcoming region schedule.
Neshoba Central has three games this week. They were to visit region rival Germantown on Tuesday and host them on Friday. On Saturday, the Rockets host Louisville.
Neshoba Central 2
Southeast Lauderdale 0
The Rockets scored one in the fourth and one in the sixth as they took a win over the Tigers. Austin Harrison went all the way to claim the pitching victory. He had eight strike outs.
The Rockets had a 7-4 edge at the plate. Tristen Ellinburg hit two singles and a double and brought in two RBIs. Preston Anderson added two singles while Harrison and Taylor Irby both hit a single.
West Lauderdale 7
Neshoba Central 0
The Rockets couldn't plate any runs as the Knights claimed the victory. This win moved West Lauderdale Coach Jerry Boatner closer to becoming the all-time winningest high school baseball coach, a feat he achieved last in the week.
Barrett Ramia was the losing pitcher.
The Knights outhit the Rockets 8-6. Irby hit a double and a single while Harrison, Ellinburg, Ryan Montgomery and Ramia all recorded a single.
Neshoba Central 3
Richland scored two runs in the seventh to slip past the Rockets.
Brady Stephenson took the loss in relief of Montgomery.
The Rockets held a 9-5 hitting edge.
Irby led with two singles. Montgomery added a double while Brandon Clark added a single and two RBIs. Anderson and Ramia both hit a single.
Neshoba Central 4
Newton County 1
Clark knocked in the winning run as the Rockets scored four runs in the seventh inning to top Newton County.
The Cougars had gone up 1-0 in the third inning.
Stephenson was the winning pitcher.
Newton County had a 9-6 hitting edge. Clark and Stephenson both hit a single and had an RBI. Irby, Anderson, Harrison and Montgomery all had singles.