CORINTH – Division 1-4A is perennially known as the powerhouse of north Mississippi baseball, and the star seniors of 1-4A came to shine Saturday night.
Both teams combined for 20 hits as the East downed the West 15-4 in the Class 3A/4A/5A/6A NEMCABB All Star Game, capping the first sweep for East teams since 1998.
“It’s one of the most competitive divisions in the state,” Shannon’s Jake Scott said. “You see good pitching every night.”
“When you play against players like that you come out here and it’s just like a division game,” Pontotoc’s Kyle Russell added of Saturday’s game, which featured 11 players from Division 1-4A member schools.
Tishomingo County’s Jacob McDuffy started the scoring barrage for the East in the bottom of the first off New Albany’s Tyler Beaty with a two-RBI double to quickly put the East up 2-0. McDuffy added a single later in the contest and was named the East’s Best Offensive Player.
Scott, the East’s Best Defensive Player, added a run scoring single in the seventh to extend the East’s lead to 13-2.
New Albany athletes accounted for half of the West’s runs on Taylor Goode’s RBI single in the fifth and Beaty’s eighth inning groundout that scored Ripley’s Jonathan Morrison.
Saltillo’s Wesley Reed drove in the West’s final two runs on a fourth bases loaded walk and single in the eighth.
Drew Wheeler of Mooreville and Amory’s Will Cox delivered the power for the East with two-run home runs, Wheeler’s in the first while Cox’s started a three-run third.
The East padded their lead on run scoring singles by John Randle (Amory) and Blake Frazier (Corinth) and on a RBI double by Mooreville’s Channing Nanney in the second.
Cox pitched three scoreless innings to begin the game for the East and was named their MVP while Goode earned the West’s MVP.
Russell went 2-for-3 in earning the West’s Best Offensive Player and Drew Wray (New Albany) played an errorless second base to win the West’s Best Defensive Player.
Blake Long/Special to the Journal