Pitching leads Rascals to CSBL crown

NEW ALBANY – Revenge. That was what the Tallahatchie Rascals were after Saturday.
They got just that, avenging last year’s loss to North Delta in the Cotton States Baseball League Championship Game, beating the Dealers 2-0 in the 2010 CSBL Championship Game at Legion Field.
“It felt great,” said Tallahatchie coach Chris Basil, “We’ve got a great bunch of kids that love to play the game, and that’s the whole thing.”
In what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel for most of the contest, Tallahatchie’s Jordan Moore got the best of North Delta’s Matt Shaw. Moore, who carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, struck out eight while walking four and giving up only two hits.
“I kept my off-speed going and that’s what worked for me. In the end when they were expecting curveballs, I threw fastballs,” said Moore (5-3), “That’s what kept them off guard.”
“Jordan’s got an awful lot of potential. He’s got great stuff, he’s a great athlete,” Basil said.
“The last three or four weeks of the season he’s been as dominant as anybody in this league.”
Moore’s counterpart, Shaw (1-4), likewise dominated Rascal hitters throughout most of the game. Shaw struck out four and walked only one batter, an intentional walk to Ben Wallis.
“He challenged most of their guys with his fastball.” said North Delta coach Doug Robbins, “I can’t think of but one ball that was hit well today.”
“Moore and Shaw threw as good a game as I saw all year long. It was a day for pitchers.”
The Rascals (17-7), who beat the Tupelo Thunder earlier Saturday 5-3 to advance, used timely hitting and some help to scratch across their two runs.
Lee Wilson singled with one out in the fourth, then later scored on an error by shortstop Josh Johnson for the game-winning run.
Moore helped himself in the sixth, hitting an RBI single that scored Wilson to give the Rascals an insurance run.
North Delta (10-12-1), who beat the Golden Triangle Jets 5-2 to advance to the championship, loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Walt McCullough struck out looking to end the Dealers’ threat.

Blake Long / Special to the Journal