Panthers sweep own tournament, roll out to 4-0

AMORY – Amory’s bats may not have been where they needed to be on Thursday night, but they got going at the right time for a 1-0 walkoff win over Saltillo in their first game of the Amory Tournament.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal Sophomore Jon David Poss grabbed the win over Saltillo on Thursday night, throwing three scoreless innings and allowing one hit. He also threw a scoreless inning and drove in four runs against North Pontotoc on Saturday.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Sophomore Jon David Poss grabbed the win over Saltillo on Thursday night, throwing three scoreless innings and allowing one hit. He also threw a scoreless inning and drove in four runs against North Pontotoc on Saturday.

“We didn’t hit the ball well at all tonight. I thought we did a good job of making things happen when we had to,” Amory coach Chad Williams said. “We played very good defense tonight, but our pitching isn’t where I thought it would be, and our bats looked pitiful tonight.”
The Panthers had just three hits before the seventh inning and struck out seven times against Saltillo starter Tory Gifford.
Jake Childers, who went 2 for 3 at the plate, knocked in the winning run with his walkoff single, after Daniel Simpson and Hayden Williams opened up the seventh with back-to-back hits.
Jon David Poss (1-0) picked up the win in relief, going three innings, striking out two and giving up a lone hit and walk, while starter Destin Hahn threw four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out six.
Saltillo threatened in both the third and fourth innings, but Amory centerfielder Tanner Poole gunned down a runner at the plate to end the third and made a diving catch in the fourth.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal North Pontotoc third baseman Easton Smith steps on the bag ahead of Amory's Ben Oswalt on Saturday.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
North Pontotoc third baseman Easton Smith steps on the bag ahead of Amory’s Ben Oswalt on Saturday.

“I thought Saltillo did a good job on their pitching. I thought their pitchers got stronger as the game went on,” Williams said. “I wasn’t real impressed with our pitching at all, but I thought Jon David did a really good job when he came in. Destin struggled with the strike zone a little bit.”

Amory 4, North Pontotoc 0
Tanner Poole (1-0) grabbed the win in the Panthers’ second shutout victory during their tournament, going four innings, striking out four and allowing four North Pontotoc hits.
North Pontotoc threatened in the top of the third with a pair of singles before Poole worked out of the jam.
The Panthers (4-0) countered to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Daniel Simpson hit a two-out single, while Hayden Williams followed him up with a walk. Jon David Poss sent them both home on his two-run single but was thrown out at second to end the Amory threat.
Amory stretched its lead with another two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Poole singled, while Simpson reached on a North Pontotoc error and both scored on another two-RBI single from Poss, who was the only Panther with multiple hits.