| By Myra Bean
The North Delta baseball team (1-1 overall, 1-0 district) got off to a great start when they pulled down a 3-1 win over district foe Kirk Academy Tuesday night.
"I am excited to get a win to start the season, especially a district win," head coach David Hardy said. "For the first game I was pleased. We had two other scoring opportunities that we did not convert on."
North Delta’s games last week were rained out against Lee, Ark.
The Green Wave are in the midst of a four-game week and played Magnolia Heights Wednesday night in the Magnolia Heights tournament and lost 10-0 in six innings.
In the Kirk game, Jim Tyler Dalrymple got the win, pitching the complete seven innings.
Getting one run each were Dustin Maples, Chris Pike and Pittman Harrison. Maples and Dalrymple hit two singles and Harrison hit three singles.
In a preseason interview, Hardy spoke about Kirk being in a rebuilding season and what he saw Tuesday confirmed that assessment.
"Kirk seems to be a little younger than in the past," Hardy said. "In a lot of areas, we were pretty young also. I found myself in the situation with a seventh, an eighth and a ninth grader on the field at the same time in a varsity game."
The junior varsity Green Waves lost to Kirk 6-3. Taylor Herron pitched the first three innings and was relieved by Geri Lamm and Jim Tom Copeland.
North Delta led early but gave up four runs in the third inning.
"That was the ‘big inning’ that didn’t go our way," Hardy said.
Against Magnolia Heights Wednesday, Harrison took the loss, pitching the complete game.
The Green Waves committed five fielding errors and had only one good scoring opportunity, according to Hardy.
Magnolia Heights had a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. In the sixth they scored three more runs.
"The errors didn’t cost us the game, but it could have let us have a little more respectable showing," he said.
Through the two games, Hardy said the pitching has held up well.
"We need to field better and get our bats going," stated Hardy. "We need to step up the competitiveness at the plate."
North Delta played Indianola for the second district game of the season Thursday night but the score was not available at press time.
The Green Wave will return to Senatobia to play Rossville in the Magnolia Heights tournament at 5 p.m. tonight.
Tuesday, the Green Wave will be at Marshall for a district game and Thursday will host Carroll for another district game at 4 and 6 p.m. each night. The Green Waves will then be off for spring break until March 21.