NEW ALBANY – Getting used to hitting with wooden bats was a good thing Thursday night for the Golden Triangle Jets.
The Tallahatchie Rascals might not agree.
The Jets, who had managed just 11 runs in four previous games, scored 13 in the seventh and eighth innings on their way to an 18-10 win over the previously unbeaten Cotton States Baseball League leaders.
“We had been over swinging because of the wooden bats,” said Jets coach Curt Fowler, who was recently named head coach for Blue Mountain College. “We just put the ball in play for a change.”
His Golden Triangle club improved to 2-3 overall while the Rascals are now 4-1.
Tallahatchie returns to the diamond at 6 p.m. today hosting the North Delta Dealers in a doubleheader at the New Albany Sportsplex’s Legion Field.
The Jets trailed 9-5 headed into the top of the seventh inning, but used a five-run spurt to take a one-run lead.
Dalton Kulas, a shortstop from Meridian Community College, provided the key blow with his three-run homer over the center field fence off Adam Kay.
“That home run got us back in the game,” Fowler said. “That was his first hit of the season.”
The Rascals rallied to tie the score at 10-10 in the bottom of the seventh on Jimel Judon’s double. The Myrtle standout has struck out in three previous at-bats.
Golden Triangle responded in the eighth by scoring eight runs on three hits and with the help of two Rascals errors, their fifth and sixth of the game.
Evan Weibel, a former Tupelo High star, provided a two-run single while Zach Tippitt, who plays for Bethel College, slapped a two-run double in the go-ahead inning.
Jets pitcher Brent Hallmark, who was a redshirt at Delta State this season, provided 3.1 innings of strong relief, striking out five and scattering five hits to earn the win.
“That was a great outing,” Fowler noted. “He had gotten roughed up his previous two times. His ERA was around 14. He was throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count tonight.”
Former ICC star Josh Chism added a pair of doubles for the Jets while Drew Dillard belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning for the Rascals.
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