Vikings rebound with win

baseball_icon_greenBy David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

PONTOTOC – The East Union Urchins are admittedly in a rebuilding mode after its run to the 2013 Class 2A championship series.

The North Pontotoc Vikings were simply looking to rebound on Saturday.

In action at the Pontotoc Tournament, the Vikings rebounded from a tough loss the previous day for a 15-3 victory in six innings over the Urchins.

“I was proud of our guys never letting the game last night get away from us, but it was a challenge today.” said North Pontotoc coach Chad Anthony, whose Vikings lost 5-0 to Tupelo on Friday in a pitchers duel. “I was proud of our effort today.”

This contest was tight early, knotted at 3-3 through the first two frames.

North Pontotoc (3-2) got an RBI hit from Cole Loggins in the first, and scored runs on a wild pitch and an error in the second. East Union got an RBI single from Dakota Edwards in the first, and scored two runs on errors in the second.

Then the Vikings began to stretch their legs on the scoreboard.

Easton Smith had a run-scoring hit as North Pontotoc scored two in the top of the third for a 5-3 lead.

The Vikings bagged four in the fifth, with Caleb Todd getting an RBI double, and Trey Jolly an RBI single. North Pontotoc iced the victory with six runs in the sixth, with runs plated on a bases clearing double by Colby Graham, and another double by Loggins.

Urchins’ challenge

“Walks and errors were the key for us,” said East Union head coach Chris Basil, whose Urchins were coming off a quality win Friday over New Albany. “Up until today, I thought we were progressing pretty good.

“We have some young kids at key positions that have to step up.”

Hunter Stanfield went all six innings in his first outing of the season for the Vikings, scattering three hits.

Drew Edwards took the loss for East Union with a young staff that’s being stretched in the middle of a stretch of six games in seven days.

“Hunter Stanfield is a senior, and his time was coming to pitch, it just worked out to be today,” Anthony said. “I think we’ve got a lot of guys on this team that can throw.”

East Union bounced back to defeat Alcorn Central 4-0 later Saturday.