By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – To no one’s surprise, really, the Booneville High baseball team has made a statement in Division 1-3A this season.
Thanks to Friday night’s 11-3 victory on the road against Corinth, the Blue Devils (10-6-1) are 4-0 in the division.
On Friday night, they delivered in impressive fashion.
Booneville cranked out 17 hits and had seven players with at least two hits on the night to leave the Blue Devils standing alone atop the division.
“They’re a good, aggressive team offensively at the plate, and we knew that coming in because the people I talked to a lot about them said they don’t strikeout a lot; they swing the bat,” said Corinth coach Rob Scarbrough, whose squad dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the division.
Scarbrough’s team knows the Booneville team quite well from all the summer games they play against one another, either in Legion ball or the high school summer league.
Meanwhile, Booneville coach Bo Sandlin said his team is off to a torrid start hitting the ball this year.
“We had guys 1 through 9 contributing,” Sandlin said. “We probably have about six guys with double-digit RBIs, so everybody is doing their part at the plate.”
Senior Kyle Stephenson led the hit parade for the Blue Devils on Friday night with a 4 for 5 performance, with three singles and a home run. His homer in the top of the second chased Corinth starter Lew Johnson (2-2) from the game.
“I’m usually a slow starter, but this year I have gotten off to a pretty hot start,” said Stephenson, who signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College. “I just continue to work, work on my swing and work on the way I play the game, and it just continued into a good hitting performance tonight.”
Tre Welch added a homer in the fourth inning, and Tyler White (4-1) pitched four solid innings to pick up the win.
“This game was huge tonight,” Sandlin said. “Corinth, they’re a a good baseball team. We know that they will still be in it and we’ll have to battle to the end.”