Belmont 3 East Union 2
The Urchins dropped a 3-2 decision Monday despite outhitting Belmont.
Craig Bullock picked up his first loss of the season, as he gave up six hits to the Cardinals. Belmont loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with no outs, but East Union’s defense managed to make it through the inning only giving up one run.
Down 2-1 in the fourth, East Union got on the board to cut the deficit to one, only to have the Cardinals respond in the fifth, with both teams added a run in that inning.
Matthew Carter had three hits on the day for the Urchins, while Bullock and Dustin Pratt had multiple hits, including two doubles by Pratt. Jimmy Marshall rounded out the hitting with a double, as East Union outhit Belmont 10-6, but had two errors in the game.
Now 6-5, East Union will host Baldwyn and Myrtle this weekend.
New Albany 6
NAHS produced 11 hits on the night led by Drew Dodds, but the ‘Dawgs were unable to overcome the Warriors, falling 16-6.
Dodds led New Albany at the plate, going 4-for-4, while Sawyer Wheatley was 2-for-4 with a three-run homerun. Despite the efforts of the seniors, the Bulldogs are still a young team trying to improve.
“We’re learning how to play with the good teams,” NAHS head coach Chris Fowler said. “We’re not playing bad, we’re just not playing well enough to compete with some of our opponents. Normally when you have 11 hits in a game, you win, but with Pontotoc, we fell 10 runs short.”
One of the best teams in the area, Fowler knew this game would be a tough match for his squad.
“They’re probably one of the best hitting teams I’ve coached against,” Fowler explained of the Warriors. “We need to work on limiting the number of strike outs and walks we’re giving up.”
New Albany will have an opportunity to do just that as they will have three games this weekend, versus Shannon on Friday and at Tishomingo County and Corinth on Saturday, before participating in the Oxford Tournament next Monday and Tuesday.
West Union 10
Hickory Flat 1
The Eagles picked up their first win, but most importantly a division win as they defeated the Rebels 10-1 Tuesday night.
Caleb and Taylor English each paced West Union’s offense with doubles, while Will Basil had 12 strikeouts in the win.
“We played with a lot of heart,” West Union head coach Ashley Russell said. “We need to work on being more consistent through our line-up and minimizing strikeouts at the plate.”
The Eagles will play three games this weekend, at Potts Camp and home for Ingomar and Bruce before traveling for three games in Florida next week.
Also winning this week, Ingomar shut-out Tremont 18-0 Tuesday night.
The Falcons will travel to Vardaman on Friday and take on West Union and Bruce at West Union on Saturday.