Tutor’s perfect effort helps Vikings clinch series

baseball_icon_greenBy Jay Tidwell

Special to the Journal

SPRINGVILLE – Everything fell into place for North Pontotoc.

Josh Tutor tossed five perfect innings, and Colby Graham and Miciah Heard homered to lead the Vikings to a 10-0 series-clinching win against South Pontotoc in Game 2 of the best of three Class 3A baseball series on Friday.

It was the first no-hitter for Tutor, a left-handed throwing senior, who needed only two strikeouts to ten-run rule the Cougars (13-15).

“We play really well as a team, and I love my defense and I couldn’t ask for anybody to play any better,” Tutor said. “I just did my job, and they helped me out. It was just our night.”

Heard also came through with a pair of dazzling plays in center field for North Pontotoc (23-4). A catch against the wall in left center robbed Kolton Ferguson of a hit in the fourth. In the fifth, Heard’s dive nabbed a liner to the gap in right center by Wesley Ross.

“All the stars lined up for us tonight,” said North Pontotoc coach Chad Anthony. “Josh threw strikes, which he has done all year. And we made some outstanding plays for him tonight.”

The Vikings took control on offense in the third inning. Austin Bray led off with a double and stretched it to third on an error. He scored on a base hit by Caleb Todd to center. Heard reached on a bunt. then Graham blasted a three-run shot to left center.

Heard, a senior, brought in Caleb Todd with his deep hit in the fourth.

A pair of errors contributed to the decisive runs by Easton Smith and pinch-runner Cade Howell in the fifth.

“We dug ourselves a hole in a bracket we didn’t really want to be in,” said South Pontotoc coach Bryan Buckner. “(North) did everything right, and we just didn’t make the plays or hit it like we should.”