Junior Toppers start summer strong


web jr base The Junior Toppers got off to a positive start on the summer season, racking up the wins in their first two weeks of play.
They picked up three wins and a tie with Choctaw County to start off the season and backed it up with five wins last week.
The Junior Toppers shut out Calhoun City June 3, 9-0, 13-0 with Kylan Carter getting his first start on the mound.
“He pitched his first game of the season, a one-hitter,” said coach Coty Cox. “We hit well and played good defense.”
The team continued their winning ways June 4 against Vardaman, although they had to come from behind in Game One.
The Junior Rams led by two at the close of the first inning, coming off Josh Walls’ score from third on a pass ball and Allen Hendrix crossing the plate after tagging up on a fly-out.
The Toppers started their climb in the bottom of the second with Ishmael Rios turning a single into a double on a Vardaman error and Colton Peel tripling to send Rios home.
The Toppers got their groove back and worked their way to a 3-2 win.
They picked up a second win, 4-3, in the nightcap.
The team was absent a couple of vacationing players and Cox said they had to adjust their mindset and rely on their strengths.
“We had some guys in that don’t normally pitch,” Cox said. “Layton Burdine started (the first game) and Jered Bean relieved him. It was both of their first times to pitch. They had to see they could play without them.”
The Toppers closed their week with a split against East Webster, winning the first game, 5-2 with Colton Foster throwing a one-hitter from the hill.
In the second game, the Toppers took the 2-3 loss to the Wolverines.
“We lost our first game,” Cox said. “East Webster was really, really good.”
The Junior Toppers were rained out Monday and were scheduled to be back in action Tuesday in Vardaman. They will host Lafayette County Thursday at 5 and 7 p.m. on the home field.