ND Baseball

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 6, 2009

Four run inning gives Chiefs 9-5 win over ND

By Brad Greer

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Magnolia Heights was in a giving mood Tuesday afternoon, North Delta just did not want to accept.

Despite making five errors that led to three unearned  runs, Magnolia Heights scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 9-5 win over the Green Wave in Senatobia.

The Chiefs started the uprising as  Shane Turnage and Nathan Smith drew base on balls from Green Wave reliever Ethan Taylor. Leadoff hitter Tyler Graves followed with a RBI single up the middle to score Turnage. One batter later, Jimmy Braswell blooped a two-run single into shallow right to increase the lead to 8-5. Parker Gaines drove in the last run with a fielders’ choice.

North Delta took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Michael Magee deposited a 2-2 offering from Chiefs starting pitcher Coda Medlin over the left field fence for a solo home run. Magnolia Heights responded with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning off Green Wave starter Jim Tom Copeland.

Graves and Jeremy Massie led off with back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 1-1. Copeland then retired the next two batters only to issue consecutive walks to load the bases. Copeland looked to be out of trouble when Derrick Johnson lifted a fly ball that was misplayed and allowed a pair of runs to score. Turnage then doubled to chase home Johnson for the final run of the frame.

The Green Wave would not stay down however as they began to chip away at the Magnolia Heights lead. Bateman Greenlee led off the inning with a walk followed by a Britt Lawrence single. Following a wild pitch that advanced both runners, Bailey Guckert lofted a sacifice fly to center that scored courtesy runner Chase Bruce from third.

North Delta added two more runs in the third off Medlin to close the margin to 5-4. Taylor and Austin Gant reached on back-to-back errors. Greenlee then slapped a single into right to load the bases. After Medlin fanned Lawrence for the second out, West poked a seeing eye single into right that produced both runs.

The Wave  then knotted the game up at 5-5 in the fourth when Magee drilled a one-out double then later scored on an error.

Vance Hopper picked up the win in relief of Medlin by going four innings while striking out three. Taylor, (1-2) took the loss by going two innings while giving up four runs on two hits and walking four. Copeland surrendered five runs (two earned) on four hits in four innings of work.

North Delta also came up on the short end of the stick Wednesday  in Clarksdale as they suffered a 6-5 loss to Lee.

Each team recorded six hits as Geri Lamm, Greenlee and Copeland each doubled for the Wave while Magee, Guckert and Chris Reeves singled. Lamm suffered atough luck loss by going the distance on the mound. The junior righty scattered six hits while fanning six and walking only three.

The Green Wave, (1-3) will open up district play Monday at home against West Memphis starting with varsity action at 4 p.m followed by the JV.