Special to the Journal
FULTON – The Itawamba Indians baseball team threw a lot at Mississippi Delta on Saturday. Sometimes, there just are just not enough rocks.
The Indians dropped a pair of games in their third North Division series of the season, losing Game 1 in eight innings, 6-5, and the second game 11-6.
“There are some guys on this team that work relentlessly, and the other guys on the team need to buy in also,” ICC coach Rick Collier said. “It is time to grow up, because this is a different league.”
The first setback was a tough one to take for the Indians (12-10, 2-4).
The current leader in the North, Delta (12-6, 7-1), held a 4-1 lead through the top of the fourth inning, thanks in part to an RBI single by Peyton Callahan in the third, and a solo home run by Danny Springer in the fourth. Both Callahan and Springer are from Houston.
Springer added an RBI hit in the fifth.
ICC cut into the lead with Amory’s Hayden Williams sacrifice fly in the fourth. Drew Wheeler from Mooreville then had a run-scoring hit in the fifth.
And, with Cameon Coker’s pinch hit in the sixth, ICC tied the score at 5-5.
In the eighth, Delta had a leadoff double by Carson Critts, who advanced home on two sac flies. Itawamba got runners on first and second in the bottom of the inning with no one but failed to score.
In Game 2, Delta moved to an early 5-0 lead, with Springer contributing a run-scoring hit in the top of the third.
Itawamba responded with a four-run bottom of the third, with Gable Butler from Tishomingo County adding an RBI double. Williams had a sac fly in the fourth, and ICC scored a run on an error in the fifth to tied the game at 6-6.
Delta then broke the contest open in the top of the sixth with four runs.
Drew Pellum from Starkville Academy threw 12⁄3 innings to earn the win.
ICC is back in action at home Monday against Southwest Tennessee.