By JIM MATTHEWS
ECRU — The North Pontotoc Vikings improved to 3-3, 3-0 last Tuesday thanks to the arm of senior Corey Adams (1-1) and big hits early in the game.
The Vikings defeated the Alcorn Central Golden Bears 8-2 to remain undefeated in Region 1-3A play.
Adams carried a no-hitter for four and two-thirds innings, recorded 10 strikeouts, and allowed only two hits through six innings of work.
“Corey threw lots of strikes,” added Viking head coach Chad Anthony. “It was probably his best performance as a pitcher.
Adams struck out the side in the top of the first inning, and the Vikings jumped to a 5-0 lead in the bottom half.
North’s first-inning run explosion was capped by a two-run homerun from freshman outfielder Colton Robbins.
“Robbins and Grant Werner had big hits for us tonight,” continued Anthony. “Our guys played hard, and I am proud.”
Errors hurt the Golden Bears’ chances as the Vikings scored three more runs in the next three innings and held an 8-0 lead after 5 innings.
North had chances to end the game early with the mercy rule, but stranded runners.
Alcorn Central managed to pick up two runs on four hits in the last two innings.
Freshmen reliever Jeremy Ferguson struck out two Golden Bears in the seventh and finished the game for North.
Robbins led the Vikings scoring two runs, and driving in two more while going 1-for-3 from the plate. Senior catcher Grant Werner added a double, and senior second baseman Daniel Thacker went 1-for-2 with 2 runs batted in and a run scored.
Adams, Ferguson, and Junior Jake Tutor also had hits for North in the important division win.