Hornets elude Brookhaven, bow to North Pike

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2011

MONTICELLO – The Loyd Star Hornets held off a late Brookhavenrally to beat the Panthers 8-6 early Tuesday morning in a red-eyespecial at Jimmie Davis Park. Earlier, North Pike defeated LoydStar 10-2.

Those games closed out a very long day of action at the SouthwestMississippi Spring Break Classic at Lawrence County High School.Earlier in the day, West Lincoln edged Enterprise, and the YellowJackets rebounded to dominate South Pike Due largely to a 3-hourrain delay in one of the earlier games, the Loyd Star-Brookhaventilt did not end until after midnight.

Loyd Star 8, Brookhaven 6

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Loyd Star touched Ole Brook starter Gabe Wilson for 5, first-inningruns, and never trailed, in the late game. Logan Smith led theHornets with 2 hits. Tyler Case, Travis Keene, and Korey Allen alsohad hits.

Loyd Star took advantage of 8 bases on balls, and 5 Brookhavenerrors.

Senior right-hander Korey Allen worked 4 and 1/3 innings for theHornets, who improved to 8-1 with the win. He allowed 5 hits andstruck out 6. With Ole Brook rallying in the fifth and final inning(there is a 2-hour time limit in the tournament), Cori Crowerelieved Allen and induced Panther Houston Case to hit into abases-loaded, game-ending double play.

Case led the Panthers with 2 hits. J.B. Perkins, J.D. Britt, DillonNewell, and Scottie Peavey also had hits. Peavey’s hit was a long,first-inning 2-run homer.

Brookhaven fell to 2-5 with the loss.

North Pike 10, Loyd Star 3

In the North Pike-Loyd Star game, North Pike erupted for 9 runs inthe top of the third to hand the Hornets their first loss of theseason. Four Loyd Star errors, coupled with 5 Jaguar hits, createdthe big inning.

Kendrick Hodges had 2 hits to lead North Pike, which improved to6-2 with the win. Revis Butler hit a 3-run homer for the Jaguars.Will Richardson, Cody Timmons, Anthony Durr, and Ladarious Coneyalso hit safely.

On the mound, Butler went the full 5 innings, allowing 3 hits andstriking out 5.

Korey Allen had a triple to lead the Hornets. Logan Smith and CoreyFunk had singles.

Senior right-hander Tyler Case started and worked into the thirdinning, when he was relieved by Marquis Haynes.

Action was set to begin at 10 a.m. today, with host Lawrence Countytaking on Natchez, the first of 5 games set for Jimmie Davis Parktoday.