By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – The Northeast Tigers baseball team used solid pitching and timely hitting Tuesday to claim their first victory of the season, 11-1 against the Calhoun (Ala.) Warhawks in five innings.
“It all starts on the mound, and we got a good effort on the mound from all the guys who pitched,” Northeast coach Kent Farris said. “And we did a good job getting runners in scoring position, and getting them in when they were in scoring position.”
With Farris still limiting his pitchers in this the Tigers’ second date of the season, starter Daymon Eriksen from Tennessee, hurled the first two innings. Eriksen scattered two hits in the first inning, striking out the last two batters of the frame to get out of a bases-loaded jam.
Josh Drake, from Kentucky, had the next stint on the mound, allowing a solo home run to T. J. Eifert in the third. Booneville’s Kyle Stephenson came on for the fourth and fifth frames, only allowing one hit, and only facing the minimum number of batters.
With the bat, Northeast (1-3) closed out Calhoun with a seven-run fifth inning. Justin Neal from Southaven connected on a two-run single, with Drew Chisholm from Saltillo, and Eric Wilson from Southaven adding RBI hits.
Calhoun 7, Northeast 6: In Game 2 of the doubleheader, a pair of shaky innings when Northeast was in the field provided the margin the visitors would need to claim the win.
The Warhawks scored an unearned run in the second, and had two more walked in that same frame. And in the third, Eifert hit a two-run home run as part of a four-run frame.
Dillon Payne from Saltillo came on for three strong innings of relief as Northeast pulled within one run by the fourth. The Tigers then left runners on second and third with no out in the seventh inning.