Bulldogs hold on for division win at North Pontotoc

New Albany accomplished several things Tuesday night at North Ponotoc. The Bulldogs defeated the Vikings for the first time since Coach John Walker joined the program, and more importantly, improved their division mark to 2-1 after falling at Lafayette last Friday.
“This was a big win. It’s the first time since I’ve gotten to New Albany that we’ve beaten North Pontotoc, so they’ve been kind of a thorn in our sides, and they’ve kept us from reaching our goals in the past two years,” Walker said. “Getting this win tonight was big, but as far as bouncing back from the Lafayette loss, we did a good job of that last Saturday, winning two pretty good games [at Ripley and Booneville]. We’re just trying to keep things rolling.”
Colt Smith got the Bulldogs on the board in the second inning, bringing in two runs after a leadoff single by Riley Alef and a double by Brandon Montgomery. The Vikings tied the game at two in the third and took the lead later before Smith and Montgomery came through in the sixth, regaining the lead once more for the Bulldogs.
“It’s more of the low end of our batting order, and it was big tonight,” Walker said.
“Colt has been struggling some offensively and hasn’t been in our lineup the last couple of weeks. We made some adjustments with him, and he carried that into tonight. He was huge and came up with some big hits that got the momentum going in our favor, going toward the victory.”
Mason Maxey had the win on the mound, pitching the complete game. Walker spoke of his senior’s effort in the win.
“His performance tonight was one of the better performances from a sheer guts standpoint that I’ve ever seen,” he said. “He battled through less than stellar defense. The defense early on was not good, and they had four runs that we basically gave to them. He continued to pitch through that despite not exactly being 100 percent. I’m really proud of his effort. Basically unbelievable is the best way to put it.”
In other Union County action, Ingomar defeated West Union, 12-1, in five innings, capped by a two-run home run by Stephen Laird in the opening inning. East Union fell on the road at Hamilton, 6-3, and Brandon Perkins had four hits for Myrtle in its 17-6 division win at H.W. Byers.