BOONEVILLE – Co-Lin didn’t get Tyler McMullen’s best pitching effort in last weekend’s final regular season series.
“I gave up six earned runs against Co-Lin; that pretty much tells the story,” said Jones County’s sophomore right-hander. “I wasn’t productive.”
Unfortunately for Northeast, McMullen had a very productive Friday afternoon at Harold T. White Field in the first game of an MACJC state playoffs series between the host Tigers and visiting Bobcats.
McMullen, after a three-hit, one-run first inning, struck out five Tigers and scattered two more hits in Pearl River’s 10-1 seven-inning, eight-run-rule win.
“The objective is to throw a lot of strikes and let your defense work,” said McMullen, who played last season for Meridian Community College. “I just wanted to give my team a chance.”
Pearl River (35-14) and Northeast (33-13) play Game 2 at noon today. Game 3 of the best-of-three series, if needed, would follow.
The winner advances to next week’s four-team, double-elimination state championship tournament.
McMullen (8-2) got all the offensive support he needed from his teammates, who reached Northeast pitching for 11 hits, including two home runs.
One of those homers was a two-run shot by McMullen in the first inning.
Right on time
“We’ve got a chance to be competitive with our offense,” Jones coach Christian Ostrander said. “We’re heating up at a good time.”
Brock Landry added a solo homer in the second inning for the Bobcats.
Northeast, which finished second in the North Division behind No. 4-ranked rival ICC, had its troubles on the mound and at the plate.
“We didn’t pitch very well,” Tigers coach Kent Farris said. “We got outplayed in every phase of the game.
“I expect us to bounce back and play well. If not, we go to the house.”
The Tigers collected three hits off McMullen in the first inning, including Ty Shirley’s leadoff single and Daniel Tunnell’s RBI single down the line in left.
Brandon Farley, who started for the Tigers on the mound, struggled with his location, Farris noted.
“Some days you don’t have you’re best stuff,” the coach said. “He pitched well for us late in the season.”
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