Late strikeout preserves Baldwyn win

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

GLEN – Baldwyn starter Bishop Davis had one more batter to prove he could finish Thursday against Kossuth.
Up two runs with two Aggies in scoring position, Davis fanned Louis Lettieri for a key second out in the seventh inning of a 7-5 Baldwyn win in the Alcorn Central Spring Break Classic.
“It was huge,” Davis said. “I had to keep it low, curveball, the deuce.”
The Aggies had four of their five errors in the third as Baldwyn scored three runs for a 4-1 lead.
Davis reached on an error and Dustin Kirk’s single went to the fence past Zack Walker in right field to score a run. Kirk scored on Corbin Scott’s single and outfield error. Kossuth’s fourth error, a dropped bloop beside the mound, scored another.
“I kept telling the guys, ‘We’ve got to keep putting the pressure on, keep adding,’” Baldwyn coach Shannon Smith said. “We can’t get complacent right there.”
Davis’ bloop single to right gave Baldwyn (3-1) a fifth run in the fourth. Tucker Jenkins was hit by a pitch and scored on the hit. Reggie Richey had a two-run double for a 7-1 lead.
Josh Whitaker had a two-run double in the fifth for the Aggies (4-5). Lettieri homered in the sixth, before Jacob Wilcher’s RBI infield single.
Baldwyn did it defensively too. After Lettieri’s home run, shortstop Jenkins’ gem was the first out of the inning.
Davis improved to 2-0. Tyler Mercer (3-1) took the loss.
Kossuth is replacing seven starters from last season’s Class 3A state finalist team.
“Errors and us getting a slow start. We’ve battled every game in the last innings. We just start slow and make too many mental mistakes in the first few,” Kossuth coach Daniel Threadgill said.
Kossuth scored first on Whitaker’s RBI single. Baldwyn tied it on Ryan Wesson’s double and Conner McKay’s two-out single.
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