Pitching, defense add up for East

By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – In baseball, solid pitching and defense work at any level.
That certainly was the case Saturday, as the East squad ran past the West 8-3 in the NEMCABB 3A-6A All-star game in Corinth.
“We had a lot of good pitching today, and a lot of good defense,” said East head coach Jeffery Cook, the head coach at Columbus. “After the first inning, Destin Hahn settled down, then Ryan Unruh and the rest of the staff came in and did a good job.”
The contest was back and forth in the first three innings, with the West taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first off East starter Hahn from Amory. Tupelo’s J. G. Miley and Kyle Wilson from Houston singled to lead off the contest, later scoring on wild pitches.
The East then responded with solo runs in the first three frames, beginning with an RBI single by Alexander Fancher from Belmont.
In the second, after being hit by a pitch, Jay Moore from Alcorn Central got out of a rundown and stole home. Then in the third, Gabe Butler from Tisho-mingo County singled, then scored on a passed ball.
East asserts itself
The East broke the contest open in the sixth inning, scoring five runs.
The first five batters in the frame reached base, including an RBI single by John Morgan Gilland from Mooreville. Later in the at bat, Tish County’s Johnny McDuffy had a two-run bloop single, followed by an RBI hit by Osiris Copeland from Corinth.
“It was a privilege to play in this game,” said Gilland, voted the East MVP.
Benjamin Bowen scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning for the West.
“I got to play with some guys that I’ve been playing against my whole life,” said Foster, the West MVP. “It was a pretty cool experience.”