The Bulldogs had an opportunity to top division leader Pontotoc as well as keep their playoff hopes alive, but fell short, falling to the Warriors 2-1 Friday night.
Down to their final three outs, Cody McCullough hit a leadoff double followed by an error that place Taylor Goode on base. The Warriors intentionally walked J.D. Morris to load the bases for the bottom of the ‘Dawgs batting order, which had three straight outs.
“We’ve had that situation quite a few times this year, and we have not come through,” NAHS head coach John Walker said. “Bases loaded, no outs, ideally you can’t ask for anything more than that. Once we stole second, I knew they were probably going to walk him (Morris) and when I saw him make the move to do it, my stomach kind of rolled a little bit. It was a situation that we have not been successful with.”
The Bulldogs lone run came two innings earlier off an RBI single by Joshua Googe that tied the game. Pontotoc added the eventual game winning run in the sixth in what was otherwise a strong showing from Tyler Basil on the mound. Basil only allowed five hits in the game, one a solo home run by Jake Smithey in the first inning.
“Offensively, they’re the best hitting team we’ve faced, and Tyler Basil did a great job, couldn’t ask for a better performance,” Walker said. “That’s his game. He’s a strike thrower and he gets outs. He held a good hitting team to only two runs off five hits and one which coming on a squeeze play that we weren’t ready for.”
Smithey was the only player for either team to have multiple hits. Kaleb Kennedy held the Bulldogs to only three hits, the first of which coming in the fifth.
New Albany rebounded with a 10-0 win over Alcorn Central on Saturday and will play at North Pontotoc Tuesday night.