Cobras ambush Ole Brook
WESSON — For the second time in two years, Wesson endsBrookhaven’s regular season with a loss. On Tuesday night, theCobras delivered an 11-6 win over the Panthers on Senior Night, atCobra Field.
Seniors Brian Channell, Wade Williams, Tyler Broome, BrettSelman, statistician Lauren Smith and manager Sammie Vargas werepresented roses from head Wesson coach Hugh Allen Knight andprincipal Ronald Greer. It was their second consecutive regularseason ending win over Ole Brook.
The Panthers opened this season with a 10-0 win over Wesson atMoyer Field Feb. 19.
Wesson finishes the regular season at 16-5, and advance to thefirst round of the South State 2A playoffs in the Loyd Starregional. The Cobras play Lake Thursday at 4 p.m.
Brookhaven (16-12) begins defense of its 2004 Class 4A statetitle Thursday at Northeast Lauderdale, in the Northeast Lauderdaleregional.
Wesson’s Corey Puckett held the Panthers at bay for 5 innings,in authoring the win. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits,issued 6 base on balls and no strikeouts. Brian Channell tossed thefinal 2 innings.
“Corey pitched well tonight,” said Coach Knight. “We set a limitfor him tonight, so that we can use for the regional Thursday orFriday at Loyd Star.”
Wesson backed Puckett’s performance on the mound with runproduction and key base hits, as Knight’s squad took a 4-0 lead inthe second. Senior Wade Williams singled. Mason Warren doubled.Brandon Hood reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Williams.Brett Selman’s bunt single scored Williams. Two batters later,Daniel Watson’s singled brought home Hood. Catcher Tyler Broomesingled home Selman.
The Cobras extended their advantage to 9-0 in the fourth. MicahDavis, Watson, Broome, Brain Channell and Williams scored, asWesson went once through their lineup in the inning. Singles byDavis, Watson, Broome and a double by Williams highlighted theframe.
Watson paced the Cobra attack with 3 singles, 3 stolen bases, arun scored and 2 RBIs. Williams scored twice, singled and doubled.Broome singled twice.
“We hit the ball well tonight,” added Knight.
Knight’s team turned a state-record tying 30th double play lastnight. It ties the mark set by Corinth in 1985.
Ole Brook plated 3 runs in the fifth, but trailed 9-3. BrandtHinton singled and moved to second on passed ball. Guy Orr reachedon an error. Elliot Warren reached on an error that scored Hinton.Darius Perkins singled. Garion Crockett was hit by a pitch fromPuckett. Grant McDonnieal’s single scored Warren and Perkins.
Wesson added singles runs in the fifth and sixth from Davis andChannell.
“This win gives us some momentum heading into the playoffs,”said Knight.
Panther head coach Randy Spring saw his ballclub cut theirdeficit to 11-6 in the seventh. Puckett gave up a single to ElliotWarren and a double to Darius Perkins. With no out on a 1-2 pitch,junior designated hitter Garion Crockett launched a 3-run homerblast over the left field fence.
“Give Wesson credit,” said Spring. “They made the plays withrunners in scoring position. And we didn’t.”
Josh Coone (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing 9 runs on 10 hits;with 2 walks and a strikeout in 4.1 innings. Perkins pitched thefinal 2.2 innings, giving up 2 runs, 2 hits, a walk and 3strikeouts. Perkins singled and doubled. Hinton singled twice.Crockett homered for the fifth time this season.