FULTON – On the heels of a comeback win Tuesday, the New Albany Bulldogs capped off its Division 1-4A week with a solid pitching performance by Tyler Basil.
The New Albany senior scattered six hits in a complete game that helped the Bulldogs down the Itawamba AHS Indians 9-3 Friday, their second victory of the week over the team.
“A big key tonight was the pitching performance of Tyler Basil,” New Albany coach John Walker said. “Tonight was the first night he looked like he was sharpening up.
“Tonight he was able to use both his breaking balls, and his fast ball was better. That was a big positive.”
Another plus for the Bulldogs (10-4, 2-0) was a 16-hit effort with the bat against the Indians (5-8, 0-2).
But it took a while to wear down Itawamba starter Cole Haynes, as New Albany only led 4-1 through five innings.
Drew Wray helped the Bulldogs offense over that span, scoring after doubling in the first inning, and knocking in a run with a hit in the second.
“Offensively tonight, this was the first time in quiet a few games that we put it together,” Walker said. “Tonight, we put the ball in play, and it worked out for us.”
New Albany kept putting runners on base, and in the sixth, an RBI double by Taylor Goode and an RBI by Riley Alef gave the Bulldogs a bit of breathing room. Then in the top of the seventh, Goode and Wray had RBI hits.
“I think we gave them seven outs in the first inning, and we never could bounce back from that,” said Itawamba coach Brian Long, whose Indians were perhaps still reeling from losing a seventh inning lead to New Albany Tuesday. “We had a couple of opportunities later, but couldn’t get the big hit.
“This was a better game than a 9-3 score.”
Basil went the distance, allowing one run through the first five innings, on an RBI double by Maikhail Miller in the first. Later, IAHS added solo runs in the sixth and seventh.
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