Region 7-2A baseball gets started with Thursday doubleheaders

Published 10:00 am Saturday, March 20, 2021

The plan for this season is that Region 7-2A schools will play a three-game region series each week. The schedule calls for a Tuesday night varsity game and then a varsity doubleheader each Friday.

That schedule was adjusted this week though, as wet weather moved the first game back to Thursday. Schools played their doubleheaders Thursday with the plan to finish up with a single game on Friday.

Enterprise has a bye this week and won’t start division play until next week.

Loyd Star vs. Bogue Chitto

Thursday on Ricky Smith Field, the Loyd Star Hornets (3-5) used 11 hits in game one to get an 11-3 win over Bogue Chitto.

The second game followed a similar script as LS took a 9-5 win in the finale.

The opener was tied 1-1 after the first inning as Loyd Star would then score two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings to take a commanding lead.

Copiah-Lincoln baseball Wyatt Hodges pitched LS to the win. Hodges threw 122 pitches and struck out nine while walking six. Hodges gave up eight hits and two earned runs.

Hodges also had a double at the plate as did Blake Thornton and Carter Holcomb. Holcomb drove in a team high four runs while Hodges, Case DeHart, Riley Easterling and Harrison Hux had an RBI apiece for coach Jared Britt.

Brandon Welch led Bogue Chitto (2-8) with a double and RBI. Welch also started on the mound as BC head coach Gareth Sartin used five pitchers in the game.

Another strong pitching performance highlighted the Loyd Star win in game two. Junior Dawson Hester struck out eight, walked seven and gave up just two hits and one unearned run.

Reid Smith and Eli Cupit hit safely for Bogue Chitto in game two as did Owen Anderson and Tristan Buffington.

Hux drove in three runs for Loyd Star in the finale.

“We pitched it well and hit the ball in the first game,” said Britt. “We benefitted off some free passes in the second game. We need to play better defensively, but I’m glad to start off district play with two wins.”

Wesson vs. West Lincoln

First year Wesson head coach Vance Windhom and his Cobras (2-5) picked up their first wins of the season Thursday with a sweep of West Lincoln (0-7).

The Cobras went up 13-0 early in game one as they grabbed a 15-5 victory in five innings.

The teams combined for nine errors in game one. Brett Boutwell pitched the win in the opener.

Boutwell also had two doubles at the plate. Preston Lee, Larson Lewis and Connor Diamond all doubled for Wesson. Cody Brown added a home run as well. Brown and Lee drove in three runs apiece.

Gabe Bush and Brody Taggart had two hits each for WL in game one. Cooper Moak also had a double for Bear’s head coach David Gilbert.

The second game was closer as things were tied up at 3-3 before Wesson scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on their way to a 6-4 win.

Sophomore Will Loy pitched a complete game win for Wesson in the nightcap. Loy struck out seven and gave up just five hits.

Loy and Diamond had a double each at the plate.

West Lincoln had 10 hits in game two, led by Taggart, Jon Brantlee Pedio and Brady Ratcliff with two each. Ratcliff had a pair of doubles while Moak added one double himself.

Bush, Justin Pratt and Noah Addison all also hit safely for West Lincoln.

The Cobras take on Loyd Star next week in division play while West Lincoln has the bye.