Patriots outlast Jackson Academy, 8-6
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00 PM
MADISON - MRA exploded for 10 hits, scored three runs in the first and fifth innings and held off a late Raider rally to beat Jackson Academy 8-6 Tuesday night at Patriot Field.
The Pats (13-14) got started early in the bottom of the first, when senior catcher Corey Olinger homered with Collin Hurt at first. Brooks Edwards followed with a single and scored on an Austin Dillon double a play later to give the Pats the 3-0 lead.
They added another run in the second when a well-placed sacrifice bunt off the bat of Hurt moved Tyler Kirby from second to third with one out, and Hayden White followed with an RBI groundout to short.
Trammell Martin got the start for MRA, and didn't run into trouble until the fourth inning, when James Brister reached on one infield error and advanced to second on another. Senior Collin Welsh scored him with a well-placed line drive single, and followed him home when Ford Gordon doubled to left a play later. MRA shortstop Hayden White's second error of the inning allowed Gordon to score, and the Raiders had cut it to 4-3.
But the Pats roared back in the fifth after loading the bases with one out. Tanner Propst, Kirby and Martin laced back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to give MRA the 7-3 lead.
Jackson Academy (18-11) handed MRA their final run in the sixth when Ben McDowell hit a batter, walked two more and allowed a run on a passed ball before working out of the jam.
The Raiders rallied in the seventh after leading off with a hit, sandwiched between a pair of walks. Sophomore Davis Simmons reached on a fielder's choice that scored Peyton Richards, and Wyatt Powell followed with a groundout to third to score another run. Simmons scored on another MRA error and cut the Patriot lead to 8-6, but Corgan Green struck out Robert Crisler (looking) with runners at first and second to end the threat.
Clinton 3, Ridgeland 2
CLINTON - Ryan Wesson hit and pitched well for Ridgeland, but it wasn't enough as the Titans fell to Clinton 3-2 on Tuesday.
Wesson racked up two RBIs on one hit with a double in the third inning, and Clinton's lineup had no answer for him on the mound. The senior held Clinton hitless over 2.2 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two.
Ridgeland, meanwhile, jumped out to an early lead and held it until the seventh inning until Clinton took the lead back on an error.
Tyler Trussell got the win for Clinton. He allowed two runs over seven innings. Tyler struck out six, walked one and gave up four hits.
Peyton Joe was charged with the loss. He lasted just two innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed two runs.
Jackson Prep 7, Oak Forest 0
AMITE, La. - Jackson Prep took a 1-0 lead in the first, and poured on six more runs in the third through fifth innings to blank Oak Forest 7-0 Tuesday.
Rob Huffman and Walker Wilbanks both recorded multiple hits and multiple RBIs for Prep (26-3), and Noah Hughes completed the complete game shutout. Hughes was masterful, throwing more than 70 percent of his pitches for strikes and scattering three Oak Forest hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts and nary a walk.
Trace Lovertich was the other Patriot to record multiple hits, with Hughes and Gene Wood also contributing hits.
Steve Liuzza drew the start and took the loss for Oak Forest. He surrounded all eight of Prep's hits before Brandon Schwebel and Dylan Dover worked the final 3.2 innings and combined to allow one unearned run but no hits.