By Angie Ledbetter
The North Delta Green Wave baseball team dropped a non conference game against Kirk Academy, 10-8, on March 18 and a district game against Tunica, 15-13, on March 25.
In the first inning against Kirk, the Wave scored on two runs by Josh Garrott and J.T.. Dalrymple. The Raiders tied the game at two in the bottom of the first.
In the second and third innings, the Wave came up empty while the Raiders scored six runs to take the lead 8-2.
Jim Tom Copeland hit a single in the fourth. Michael Magee earned his way to the bag with a single but Copeland was out going to second. Seth Barnett walked putting players at first and second. With Geri Lamm at the plate, he hit a single RBI to drive home Magee.
With Bateman Greenlee, on the mound the Wave shut down the Raiders in the fourth.
Garrott and Dalrymple scored runs in the top of the fifth inning and shut the Raiders down once again to close the gap 8-5.
The Raiders scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead 10-5.
In the seventh inning, the Wave gave the Raiders a scare by pushing in three runs with Copeland, Greenlee and Magee.
On Monday, the Wave traveled to Tunica to take on the Blue Devils, coming up short 15-13 in a hard fought district contest.
According to Head Coach David Hardy, the same old “error” bug bit his team again.
“We can’t expect to make that amount (of errors) and expect to win,” Hardy said. “They made errors, too, but we made a few more than they did.”
The Wave started the first with two base hits but left the runners on base while the Blue Devils put two on the board.
Barnett started a rally for the Wave in the second inning, followed by Lamm, Bailey Guckert, Garrott, and Copeland each adding a run for five.
The Blue Devils added two more runs in the same inning to cut the Wave lead 5-4.
The third inning was the biggest for the Wave as they scored six runs. The Blue Devils scored two runs but the Wave led 11-6.
The fourth and fifth innings saw the Wave lead dwindle and disappear as they methodically scored nine runs to take the game,
The Wave’s two runs in the seventh were not enough to make up the difference.
Lamm was the starting pitcher for the Wave.
“He did a good job,” Hardy said, “We put a lot of balls on base hits that they had trouble with.
“Both teams hit a three run shot and Copeland did it for us. That was our first home run of the season.”
Copeland relieved Lamm in the fourth
“He did a pretty good job,” Hardy said, “He gave up a few hits and we made a couple of errors. We couldn’t scratch enough runs in the last inning to win. We were up 11-6 at one point. When we made the pitching change, we were still up 11-10. We took the lead at the bottom of fifth and added to it at bottom of sixth.”
Hardy said the team has taken more rounds of infield this year working on the defense than in years past that he could remember.
“The thing of it is whenever we’re not making plays, it’s costing us,” Hardy said. “Tunica has a good ball team and they beat Magnolia Heights last week. We just made errors that cost us.”
The Wave is 1-1 in the district where Tunica and Delta are both 2-0.
The Wave will host Delta on Thursday with the varsity playing at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, they will play a double header with Marvell at home starting at 4 p.m.