By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – First-year Mooreville Troopers baseball coach Derek Thompson had told his players it would be nice if his team could put some wins together.
Perhaps they are beginning to pay attention, as the Troopers won their third straight behind the two-hit pitching of Austin Lauderdale with a 1-0 victory over the Baldwyn Bearcats.
“I’ve been telling our guys we needed to put some wins together,” Thompson said. “We were coming off an emotional win against Water Valley, and I thought we were a little flat today.”
With the pitching performances by Lauderdale (3-2) and Baldwyn’s Bishop Davis, it would be simple to think both teams were flat in this contest.
Lauderdale only allowed two hits while walking only one in his seven innings. The Bearcats also never got a runner past second base.
“I thought Lauderdale pitched an extremely good game,” Thompson said. “And give their pitcher credit, too.
“He threw good enough to win this ball game.”
Davis (2-1) was pretty effective against Mooreville, limiting the Troopers to only three hits.
The Baldwyn hurler saw Mooreville score its only run in the bottom of the first inning. Lauderdale led off with a single, moved to second on a stolen base, then to third on a passed ball before scoring with two out on a second passed ball.
“I thought their pitcher did what he had to do, which was throw strikes,” said Baldwyn head coach Gregg Tucker, whose Bearcats have played in 10 one- or two-run games. “Not taking anything away from him, but we didn’t have a good approach at the plate today.
“That was the best game Bishop has thrown this season, he did a good job on the mound today.”
After the first inning, the only scoring threat of the contest was in the bottom of the fourth when the Troopers loaded the bases with two out. But Davis induced a grounder in the infield to wiggle out of that situation.
Both clubs return to division play Tuesday. Baldwyn (8-6) is at Okolona in 1-2A, and Mooreville is at Water Valley in 2-3A.