New Albany’s Smith leads Northeast to sweep of Coahoma
Corey Smith of New Albany nailed a two RBI double in the first inning of game one to get things rolling for the Northeast baseball team in a key North Division doubleheader against Coahoma Wednesday in Booneville.
Smith’s hit put Northeast (14-10, 4-2) up 2-0 at the end of the first inning and it never trailed again. The Tigers topped Coahoma (2-23) 4-2 in game game one and completed the sweep with a 6-5 win in game two.
In the opener Coahoma responded with two runs of its on in the second frame off an RBI walk by J'Darrion Jackson and a sacrifice fly by Domonique Griffith to tie things up at 2-all.
In the third inning, courtesy runner Stuart York scored on a balk to put the Tigers back up 3-2. Both teams remained scoreless until the end of the sixth where Will Wallis’ sacrifice fly extended the Tigers’ lead 4-2 which was the final score of the contest.
Daymon Eriksen moved to 3-0 on the mound for Northeast while Coahoma’s ace Reginald Campbell took the loss for the Tigers.
The nightcap was also a close call for Northeast, as it took the home standing Tigers 10 innings to edge Coahoma 6-5 in game two.
Coahoma scored first on a RBI single by Sentez Glass in the middle of the first frame to take the 1-0 lead. Jordan Gurley hit a sacrifice fly to close out the opening frame at one run apiece.
Both squads were shut out in the second, but Drew Chisholm put Northeast on top 2-1 at the end of the third when he scored from third on a wild pitch from Coahoma pitcher Bradon Gregory.
Coahoma batted around and scored three in the fourth to give the maroon and white Tigers a 4-2 lead, but Northeast fought back and tied it up on a two RBI double from Lee Griffin at the end of five.
Northeast’s Smith came through again with a RBI single to put the Tigers up 5-4 heading into the seventh inning. That lead didn’t last long as Coahoma’s Chris Jones knotted the score back up on a RBI fielders choice in the middle of the seventh 5-5.
That would remain the score as the bats cooled off for both teams until Northeast was able to end the two-game series off Will Wallis' walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth frame for the 6-5 win.
Northeast hosts Holmes today, March 31, in another Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division makeup doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
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