Falcons get hot at right time

WILBANKS

WILBANKS

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

At one point, Ingomar didn’t know whether it was coming or going.

Now the Falcons (18-11) are going to the quarterfinals of the 2014 MHSAA Class 1A baseball playoffs.

“We’ve ended up having a good year,” said Ingomar coach Andy Wilbanks. “Three-quarters of the way through, we were just as inconsistent as anybody who’s ever played the game. We’d play well a couple of games, then kind of lose it a few games.”

Ingomar hosts Tupelo Christian at 6:30 p.m. Friday to open a three-game series. The winner advances to play the winner of the Smithville-Myrtle series.

It was a 2-0 win at Myrtle in late March that got things going for the Falcons.

“I think they found out with that game that when you don’t beat yourself, you give yourself a chance to win,” Wilbanks said. “Once they saw that, it kind of turned for us. There toward the end, we kind of got it together and started being consistent. We’ve kind of gotten hot at the right time swinging it.”

Wilbanks said the turnaround started with throwing strikes and making routine plays. The Myrtle win was followed by a quality 10-2 win at Ripley and a sweep of Hamilton last week

Wilbanks has four hitters batting over .400, led by an eight-grade pitcher Kelton Hall at .429. Junior shortstop Joseph Broom hits .426, junior infielder Matt Browning .422 and senior first baseman Collin Taylor hits .409. The Falcons hit .367 overall.

On the mound, Hall is 5-1 with a 3.73 ERA in 11 appearances.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at TCPS. Game 3 would be back at Ingomar on Monday.

“It’s probably the most depth lineup-wise I’ve had one through nine since I’ve been at Ingomar,” Wilbanks said. “It’s kind of a different person every other game.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com