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St. Andrews edges Loyd Star

JACKSON – The Loyd Star Hornets suffered a tough 1-0 loss to the St. Andrews Saints in baseball action Monday afternoon at Smith-Wills Stadium.

“I was very pleased by our young guys pitching performances on the mound,” said Loyd Star coach Jared Britt. “Cade, Dylan and Konner did an excellent job against a solid St. Andrews line up. We mad some great defensive plays behind them also, but just could not get our bats going until the last inning. Grogan did a good job on the mound for Saints.”

The Hornets (5-4, 2-0) continue action today as they prepare to travel to Columbia to battle the East Marion Eagles in a huge Region 7-2A contest. Junior varsity action begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:30 p.m.

St. Andrews 1, Loyd Star 0 

The St. Andrews Saints came out and scored their only run in the first inning. The Saints relied on their defense and a strong pitching performance from Graham Grogan to keep the Hornets scoreless.

Grogan tossed eight strikeouts, walk three batters and gave up three hits to collect the shutout victory.

Cade Hodges suffered the setback on the mound for Loyd Star with three strikeouts and three walks. Dylan Smith (0K, 0BB) and Konner Allen (1K, 0BB) pitched the final two innings in relief.

Levi Redd and Cade Hodges led the Hornets offense at the plate with a single each.

Bennie Kirkland was the top hitter for the Saints with a double. Banks Talley and Kenny Bryson hit safely.