By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Mooreville took control of its division destiny at home Tuesday night.
The Troopers beat South Pontotoc 8-3 in a Division 2-3A game with four to play behind starter Zack Gumm (6-0), who struck out six in a complete game.
“Our guys came out and competed tonight a lot better than they did Friday night,” Mooreville coach Derek Thompson said. “They came out with a little chip on their shoulder.”
That chip came thanks to the Cougars (11-10, 5-1), who beat Mooreville 2-0 on Friday.
Tuesday, the Troopers got a solo home run from Austin Timms, one of five hits, and took advantage of opportunities.
Trailing 3-2 in the fourth, Mooreville plated four runs. South starter Dusty Foster hit back-to-back batters, Austin Knox with the bases loaded and Timms to walk in a run for a 4-3 lead. Zack Hall replaced Foster after the fourth walk of the inning but Bryan Hallmark added an RBI single and Gumm an RBI groundout.
The Troopers made it 8-3 on Ben Seay’s two-run bloop single in the fifth.
“We were going to have to come out and play our hardest and we did,” Gumm said. “We’re in a good position to win this division and we had to win this one to stay in that position.”
Foster (4-2) took the loss for South, which walked 12.
After Timms’ homer, South tied the game in the third on an RBI single from Craig Kitchens. Gumm’s sac fly gave the Troopers (11-8, 5-1) a 2-1 lead.
Matt Adams’ single had given South a 3-2 lead but Gumm though struck out Kolton Ferguson and Nathan Newell with runners at second and third.
“I think we got a little shaken and didn’t throw strikes like we should have,” South Pontotoc coach Bryan Buckner said. “We missed opportunities when we had guys in scoring position.”