By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
GLEN – Thrasher didn’t get the start it wanted from Josh Walden against Alcorn Central on Tuesday morning and the Rebels hope it isn’t something that will affect them to the end of the season.
“We just got him back. We’ll have to evaluate him,” Thrasher coach Richie Taylor said of Walden. “He pitched great this past weekend.”
Top Thrasher starter Walden missed the end of last season before ACL surgery. Two batters into Tuesday, Walden grabbed the back of that left leg and was helped off the field.
Alcorn got a near-flawless start from Jay Moore in a 10-0 six-inning win to start the chilly Alcorn Spring Break Tournament. The Bears (5-2) scored seven in the first.
“Jay threw a lot of strikes and our defense did a good job,” Alcorn coach Jeff Wood said. “We hit the ball in the first inning, then shut it off until the sixth. You can’t do that.”
Thrasher (6-3) coaches are confident Walden’s injury isn’t surgery related, possibly a hamstring.
Moore (1-0), a senior, drew his first career start. He allowed three hits. He got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth with a pair of Ks and was 2 for 3 at the plate. Hunter Bronson was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI.
“I was just trying to throw it across the plate, throw strikes and let them hit it,” Moore said.
Walden (1-2) gave up a pair of singles to Moore and Connor Lewis before leaving the game with an 0-2 count on his third batter.
Dustin Sparks had an RBI double, Bronson an RBI single. Harley Hester hit Wesley Price to load the bases and Bobby Pickle’s single to center turned into an error that cleared the bases. Riley Mask made it 6-0 with an RBI groundout.