Special to the Journal
OXFORD – The Alcorn Central Golden Bears will soon enter division play in arguably one of the toughest leagues in Mississippi – 1-3A.
The Bears earned some quality on-the-job training Tuesday in the Oxford Spring Break Tournament, edging the Amory Panthers 1-0.
“You’ve got to get wins like this if you want to be successful,” Central first year head coach Jarrad Robinson said. “With a new coaching staff, it is good to see them responding in different types of environments.
“Our division will certainly be a crapshoot – there will be three good teams left at home in the playoffs.”
Robinson and the Bears (5-2) got a quality start and complete game from sophomore Justin Pickle. He struck out 10 while scattering three hits.
“Sophomore Justin Pickle responded to a challenge we made to him earlier in the week when we told him he would be starting this game,” Robinson said. “As he went tonight, we went.”
Alcorn Central scored the only run it would need in the very first inning of the contest.
Riley Mask reached base on an error with one out for the Bears, eventually advancing to third base following a single by Chandler Young with two out. Central then executed a double steal, with Mask scoring what turned out to be the contest’s only run.
“I feel like we’re two or three outs away, two or three hits away from being a successful team,” said Amory head coach Chad Williams, who graduated six of eight position players from a season ago.
Amory starting pitcher Cole Robinson also went the distance, throwing six quality innings.