COTTON STATES LEAGUE: Miller’s HR lifts Dealers

Baseball StockBy David Wheeler
Special to the Journal

NEW ALBANY – The arm of Turner Neely had enough gas in it.

The bat of Maikhail Miller had one crucial swing to give.

Neely and Miller combined with the rest of the North Delta Dealers to earn a 6-3 victory over the Golden Triangle Jets on Sunday in the championship game of the Cotton States College League.

“Neely has been tremendous all year,” said Dealers head coach Jon Andy Scott, a former Booneville and Ole Miss player. “We got ourselves in a bit of bind in the fifth inning, but we kept attacking, and moved the momentum in our favor.”

The fifth frame was the crucial point in the contest, with the Jets scoring three runs in the top of the inning to grab the lead. Zach Randolph from Amory and Mississippi State had an RBI hit in the at-bat, with Grant House and Dylan Castoria adding RBIs for the Jets.

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But the Dealers responded in the bottom of the inning.

A pair of Jets errors set up Jaylan Bledsoe’s RBI bunt for the Dealers’ first run. Taylor King scratched out run-scoring hit after that to tie the score at 3-3.

That set up Miller, the Fulton native and former Ole Miss football player, who took a pitch high and over the left field wall for a three-run home run to give the Dealers the lead for good.

“I had a bad night last night, so I got in the cage before this game,” Miller said. “This is my first year in this league, and it’s awesome.”

Neely settled down after his fifth-inning struggle, facing only seven batters in the final two innings for the complete-game victory.

Jets starter Kale Fultz hurled 42⁄3 innings and was charged with the loss.