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Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ethan Taylor pitched a complete game for the win for North Delta against Washington School last week in the Lee Academy tournament in Clarksdale. He also hit a solo homerun in the game. The Panolian photo by Myra Bean

Green Wave exits Lee tourney with 3-0 record

By Myra Bean

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The North Delta Green Wave team has finally “settled down,” according to head coach Stoney Stone and won three games at the Lee Academy Tournament last week.

The Green Wave (6-6 overall, 0-6 district) were on a six-game losing skid to district foes Indianola and Marshall Academies.

Last Monday afternoon, March 15, the Green Wave defeated Washington School 4-2.

The win was aided by a solo homerun in the seventh inning by Ethan Taylor. Taylor was 2-for-3 in the game, also slamming a double. This was the only extra base hit of the game.

North Delta scattered seven hits throughout the game with Bailey Guckert and Taylor hitting two each and Austin Gant, Derrick Shawn and Geri Lamm hitting one each.

The team had five stolen bases.

Taylor went the distance on the mound for the Green Wave for the win, facing 29 batters, allowing six hits, two walks and striking out seven.

In the second game Tuesday morning, the Green Wave faced Desoto, Ark. and won 7-4.

Ethan Waldrip got the start on the mound and went three innings. He gave up three hits, two walks, three runs with only one earned and had three strikeouts.

Renic Greenlee relieved Waldrip in the fourth and got the win. He allowed six hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out four.

On offense, the Green Wave had seven hits and 11 of 13 stolen bases.

Ethan Frink went 2-of-3 while Gant was 1-of-3. Other hitters were Cy Pritchard, Shawn and John Cody Dalrymple, who went 1-for-2 each and Lamm, who went 1-for-1.

In their final game of the tournament against Lee Academy Tuesday afternoon, North Delta won 6-2.

Jim Tom Copeland pitched five innings and got the win. Greenlee relieved him in the sixth.

Copeland allowed one unearned run, two hits – one a double, no walks and had nine strikeouts.

Greenlee allowed one unearned run, one hit, no walks and had two strikeouts.

The Green Wave offense logged 10 hits, led by Guckert who went 2-for-4 with a double. Shawn followed with 2-for-3 with a double along with Lamm and Frink who also went 2-for-3. Michael Magee went 1-for-2 with a double and Dalrymple was 1-3 with a double.

The team made four of five stolen bases.

After it is too late to vie for postseason play, Stone said the team members’ approach to the plate is where it is supposed to be.

“Our pitchers are dominating at the plate,” Stone said. “Position-wise we are not making simple mistakes.”

The Green Wave will be back in action today as they host Kirk Academy in a district showdown at 4 p.m. in a varsity game, followed by the junior varsity at 6 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for yesterday but the wet field caused a postponement.

The series will finish Thursday in a double header at Kirk at 4 and 6 p.m.