Bogue Chitto, Wesson, Franklin Co., Lawrence Co. victorious in Spring Break Tournament action
MONTICELLO – Weather-wise, it’s been a trying week at the annual Southwest Mississippi Spring Break Baseball Classic going on this week at Lawrence County High School. Last Thursday, however, the weather cooperated and a full slate of action ensued.
A total of four games were played.
In the first game of the day, Bogue Chitto defeated Lincoln County rival Enterprise 9-5. In game two, Wesson exploded late to fashion an 11-1 win over the Ole Brook Panthers. A similar fate befell the Panthers in the next game as Franklin County scored all of its runs in its final two at-bats in an 8-0 Bulldog win. In the final game of the evening, host Lawrence County scored seven late runs in a 7-3 win over Franklin County.
“We’re happy we were able to get a full day of games in,” said Lawrence County coach Josh Garrett. “That was a victory in its own right. For our team to play well and getting a good win was just icing.”
Here’s a brief re-cap of last Thursday’s games:
BOGUE CHITTO 9, ENTERPRISE 5
The first game of the day was a good one, featuring two neighborhood rivals. Bogue Chitto broke to an early 4-0 lead behind the pitching of right-handed breaking ball specialist Nick Parker. Through four innings, Parker limited the Yellow Jackets to a run on two hits.
In the top of the fifth, Enterprise broke through, scoring four runs on five hits, to grab a 5-4 lead. Marvin Butler and Brady Watts had the tying and go-ahead hits for Enterprise.
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth, Bogue Chitto saw its first two batters retired. After that, the next seven Bobcats would reach base. The biggest blow of all was a two-run double by Cameron Price. Joey Elliott followed that with a two-run bad-hop single. A two-hour tournament time limit halted the game at that point.
Price, Parker, Elliott, Bo Smithers and Rudy Brumfield all had hits for Bogue Chitto. Parker pitched five strong innings, striking out one. The win was the fourth in the last five games for the Bobcats.
Reese Brocato had two hits for Enterprise. Butler, Brady, Layne Brown, Tanner Waldrop and Hunter Richardson each got a hit each. Landon Gartman entered the game in relief in the first inning and was outstanding, though he was tagged with the tough-luck loss.
WESSON 11, BROOKHAVEN 1
Through five innings, the Cobras and Panthers were in a dandy scrap with Wesson’s Mack Smith and Brookhaven’s Penn Wilson both pitching well. Wesson led 3-1, thanks to Smith’s 2-run homer and sacrifice fly.
In the top of the sixth, the wheels came off on Brookhaven. Wesson tallied eight runs in the frame. Max Daughdrill hit a grand-slam homerun. Smith added a two-run shot, and Jimmie McQuage had a solo homer.
Along with his two home runs and five runs batted in, Smith was rock-solid on the mound. He limited Ole Brook to four hits, while striking out five. Smith and Tyler McLeod each had two hits for the Cobras. Jeremy Smith and Preston Middlebrook also had hits.
Wilson had two hits, including an RBI double, to lead Brookhaven. Clint Stephens and Brandon Henyard also had hits. Wilson struck out 11 Wesson batters.
FRANKLIN COUNTY 8, BROOKHAVEN 0
Brookhaven and Franklin County were locked in a scoreless tie through three innings. Franklin County tallied an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth, then exploded for seven runs in the fifth to put the game away.
The Bulldogs banged out 10 hits in the game. DeMantre Collins, Ethan Verdin, Benard Selmon and Antonio Christmas each had two hits. Thomas Slagle and Graham Cowart also hit safely.
Franklin County pitcher Jacob McDaniel had his way with the Ole Brook lineup. In five innings, he allowed just three singles and struck out two.
For Brookhaven, Brandon Henyard, Darrian Wilson and Connor Smith had base hits. Scotty Bateman gave it a good fight on the mound. He limited Franklin County to one run on five hits through the first four innings only to have things go awry in the fifth.
LAWRENCE COUNTY 7, FRANKLIN COUNTY 3
Franklin County appeared on the way to another win in the final game of the day. The Bulldogs led 3-0 as Lawrence County came to bat in the bottom of the fifth. After Kasey Durr reached base on an infield single and Josh Stephens reached base on an error, LCHS slugger Kody Smith launched a mammoth homerun, tying the game at 3-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, Lawrence County scored four more runs to provide its winning margin. Smith and Brandon Bullock had hits in that inning.
Smith powered the Cougars with three hits. Durr and Brandon Bullock each had two hits. Seth Bass and Rishad Haynes also hit safely.
Kasey Durr started for Lawrence County and gave up three tough-luck runs. Durr struggled with his control in the top of the first, which was played in a heavy downpour. Franklin County took advantage by scoring two runs in that frame.
In the fourth, Franklin County added its third run courtesy of a Graham Cowart double and a Dalivan Hunt RBI single. Hunt had two hits for the Bulldogs. Cowart and DeMantre Collins each had one hit.
Junior left-hander Brennan Lang worked the final three innings for Lawrence County and picked up the win. He retired nine of the 11 Bulldog batters he faced, striking out one.
Dalivan Hunt worked three scoreless innings for Franklin County, striking out one and allowing three hits. Chris Cantrell, who fashioned a 3-0 shutout of Lawrence County five days earlier, was saddled with the loss. Thomas Slagle worked the final frame for the Bulldogs.