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By Brad Greer
The South Panola baseball Tigers their spent Spring Break on the Gulf Coast with a three-game set in the 1st Annual “Battle on the Beach’ tournament where over 30 baseball teams from Mississippi and Alabama participated.
SP 10, Buckhorn (Ala.)-9
A seven-run outburst in the fourth inning propelled the Tigers to its second victory of the season over the Bucks from New Market, Ala. who are ranked No. 9 in the Class 7A Alabama prep baseball poll.
The Tigers registered 13 hits in the game as Braydyn Lee drove in four runs on two doubles while Nathan Herron added two triples and a single and two runs batted in.
Dalton Barefoot chipped in with three singles and scored two runs followed by Brayden Locke’s pair of singles and two runs driven in for South Panola who improved its record to 2-6 on the season.
Noah Willis also doubled and drove in a run. Ryan McCurdy and Anderson Wilder scored two runs each. Bowen Williams registered a single.
Blaine Ware went 5.1 innings to pick up the pitching win. The sophomore lefty gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with five strike outs and three walks. Herron earned the save by working 1.2 innings of relief, surrendering an unearned run on three hits and one walk.
D’iberville 10, South Panola 0
The Tigers dropped its second game Tuesday night to the homestanding Warriors.
Willis, James Kyle Browning and Locke contributed with singles in the losing effort.
Wilder suffered the pitching loss by going 3.1 innings, giving up 10 hits on five runs while fanning four and walking two batters. Chris Brown gave up three runs on one hit and a strike out in .2 innings of relief work.
Ocean Springs 4, SP 3
In their final game of the tournament Wednesday night, South Panola took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth before the Greyhounds struck for four runs which included a two-run home run, a solo homer and an RBI double.
South Panola, (2-7) opens district play Tuesday at Tupelo starting at 4 p.m. with Junior Varsity play followed at 6 p.m. by the varsity.
The Tigers will then host the Golden Wave Friday at 4 and 6 p.m. before traveling to Desoto Central Saturday at 12 and 2 p.m.