NPJH start baseball program with two tough games against Oxford

Published 10:41 am Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NPJH start baseball program with two tough games against Oxford

Steven Edwards throws for the first time this season in a new baseball program for the Cougars.
The Panolian photo by Ike House

By Ike House
Jr. High baseball has made its way to the diamond at North Panola and Thursday they played their first action against a strong Oxford team.
Oxford (18) – North Panola (0)
For the Cougars, the game counted but it was also a trail run for them to see where they stood as a team. The Cougars started the game at the plate with Tony Davis Jr. leading off.
Things did not go well for the Cougars as their first three batters struck out.
Starting the season on the mound was Steven Edwards who was also the quarterback for the Jr. High this past season.
The Cougars did not have the best inning as they gave up 11 runs in the bottom of the first.
As the mistakes were small, they were the deciding factors on a few runs.
After continuing their slow start at bat, the Cougars switched pitchers and went with Jaylashun Gardner taking over on the mound.
He gave up three runs but also got the first two strikeouts of the Cougars season.
The Cougars got two outs back-to-back and went back to the plate but their luck still ran dry.
After their third out the Cougars would give up four more runs in the bottom of the third that would seal the ball game.
Oxford (8) – North Panola (1)
The Cougars were in a doubleheader against Oxford where the Chargers got another win.
In the top of the first the Cougars fared better as they only gave up two runs. After three straight outs the Cougars looked to be on their way to their first win of the season.
In the second game of the doubleheader for the Cougars they did something they could not do in the first game and that was get on base.
In the first inning the Cougars got on base from the hitting of KeAndre Hunt. As he got on base it was all him from there.
After getting on first he got to second after a sac fly out. He then stole third and after a sloppy pitch he walked home to put up the first run.
After that point it was all Chargers baseball. They continued to slowly score runs and ended the game with eight runs in the fourth inning.
The Cougars will be on the Diamond again today in Charleston at 5 and 7 p.m.

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