By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – With reclassification, there is a pretty good chance Division 1-3A could be considered one of the toughest baseball leagues in Mississippi for the 2014 season.
The Booneville Blue Devils got in a bit of preliminary work towards competing in the division Tuesday, defeating the Kossuth Aggies 6-0 in high school summer baseball.
“We’ve struggled this summer, but we haven’t had the whole team together,” Booneville head coach Bo Sandlin said. “As always, the summer is about developing players, seeing what guys can and can’t do.”
The Blue Devils got a quality outing on the mound against the recently crowned Class 3A state champions, with starter Andrew Lambert pitching six innings ands not allowing a hit through 51⁄3 innings. Chase Calvery pitched the seventh inning for the Devils.
Runs come in
Run support for the Devils came early and often.
In the first inning, Tyler Newby and Conner Goodwin each contributed RBI hits, with Newby adding another RBI in the second. Joseph Caver and Cade Scroggins had run-scoring hits in the fourth.
“Lambert did a good job throwing strikes, and this is only the second time he’s pitched this summer,” Sandlin said.
Kossuth’s only hit was a solid single by Jacob Wilcher in the top of the sixth.
“Considering the circumstances, we’re just trying to keep things simple this summer,” said Kossuth interim coach L. H. Hurt, who indicated that the Aggies were missing half a dozen or so players Tuesday who were at a basketball camp this week. “We’ve had discussions about enjoying just winning state, but the kids seemed to be getting readjusted today.”
Kossuth is currently without a head baseball coach after Daniel Threadgill left for another job, and a Kossuth official indicated that an announcement could come as early as July 1.