Special to the Journal
TUPELO – The Pontotoc senior American Legion team were almost the cardiac kids for Sunday’s play in the Tupelo 49ers Invitational.
But after 16 innings of baseball, and two extra innings in the title game, they eventually were only tired Red Sox.
Pontotoc rallied to win its semifinal game, scored a tying run in the last inning of regulation in the championship contest, but fell to Tuscaloosa 10-9 in nine innings.
“We never gave up,” Pontotoc head coach. Nicky Browning said. “We’ve been in the finals of the last two tournaments we’ve played.
“We played some good teams, and we played good, and that’s all you can ask.”
Pontotoc (22-8) trailed 8-7 entering the bottom of the seventh. There, Ryan Watts doubled with two out, advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on an error to force extra play.
In the top of the eighth, Tuscaloosa (20-9) scored a run on an error, while Pontotoc scored in a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning. Then in the ninth, Tuscaloosa scored on an error, while Pontotoc went three-up, three-down.
The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie through the first two innings, which included an an RBI hit by J.G. Lipscomb.
By the fifth, the Red Sox had grabbed a 7-5 advantage, beginning with a triple by Cole Camp in the fourth, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Bishop. In the fifth, Lipscomb led off the frame with a home run, with Reid Carter adding an RBI hit.
Tuscaloosa scored three in the sixth for an 8-7 lead.
Earlier in the day, Pontotoc had scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge the host Tupelo 49ers 5-4 in a semifinal contest.
The senior American Legion State Tournament will be hosted by Pontotoc, July 25-27.