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Enterprise finishes sweep over Loyd Star

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Enterprise's Jeffrey Daniels collects a big win against Loyd Star Thursday night at Smith Field.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Enterprise’s Jeffrey Daniels collects a big win against Loyd Star Thursday night at Smith Field.

The Enterprise Jackets and Loyd Star Hornets provided another exciting contest for their baseball fans Thursday night in Region 7-2A action.

The Jackets managed to complete the two-game sweep over the Hornets by defeating Loyd Star 4-2 on Smith Field.

“Our kids played extremely hard,” said Enterprise coach Cass Brister. “We did a great job playing small ball tonight. Jeffrey Daniel did an outstanding job on the mound for us to give us a chance to win.”

Enterprise (8-5, 6-0) resumes action Saturday as they travel to Meadville to take on the Franklin County Bulldogs. Junior varsity action starts at 11 a.m., followed by the varsity game at 1 p.m.

Loyd Star (8-7, 3-2) will also be playing Saturday as they invade Natchez to battle the Natchez Cathedral Green Wave for a varsity game only starting at 11 a.m.

Enterprise 4, Loyd Star 2 

The Jackets came out quickly and set the tone of the game with a three jolt lead in the second inning and added one more insurance run in the fifth inning for a 4-0 lead.

The Hornets, refusing to give up, made a great effort to rally back in the bottom of the sixth inning as they cut Enterprise’s lead down to 4-2, but failed to inch closer as the Jackets’ defense toughen up and shut the down on Loyd Star’s rally to secure the big district win.

Ninth grader Jeffrey Daniels provided a solid pitching performance for the Jackets with two strikeouts and two walks.

Caleb Yarborough suffered the setback for the Hornets on the mound with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

“Cass Brister got his guys ready to play as our boys failed to respond to the challenge,” said Loyd Star coach Jared Britt. “We got beat by the small things and struggled to get things going offensively. Hats off to Enterprise pitcher, Jeffrey Daniels, he did a good job keeping us off balance at the plate.”

Layne Brown was the top hitter for Enterprise with a triple. Hunter Richardson contributed a double. Hitting safely were Austin Fuller and Josh Hardin.

Peyton Flowers was the offensive leader at the plate for the Hornets with a double and a single. Seth Farmer, Bradyn Brister and Yarborough hit safely.