Green Wave outlasts Lee to claim playoff spot
Published 11:32 am Wednesday, April 19, 2023
For the second straight year, the North Delta School baseball team is headed to the MAIS 3A playoffs after defeating Lee Academy in a three- game series last week. The Green Wave under the direction of second-year head coach Jim Tom Copeland has won a school-record 22 games against 11 losses enters the post-season as the wild card entrée of District-1.
The Green Wave took game one of a doubleheader Tuesday (April 11) in dramatic fashion with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after falling behind 3-1 after two innings. Senior Kevin Hill threw a complete game three-hitter with ten strikeouts on three unearned runs.
Baylor Scammon paced North Delta offensively with two singles and a double. Rowan Gordon and Alex Jackson provided two singles while JT Brooks and Trey Drumheller added doubles. Brady Harris also contributed with a single.
Lee earned the split in the second game by scoring two runs in the top of the eighth. The Colts led 5-1 in the fifth before North Delta exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Trailing 7-5 and down to their final three outs, Lee struck for four runs in the seventh to regain the lead at 9-7 only to have the Green Wave send the game into extra innings with two runs to knot the game at 9-9.
Harris and Scammon recorded a single and double with two RBI’s each for North Delta. Drumheller provided two singles and a run driven in with Brooks adding a double. Gordon and Jackson also registered singles in the slugfest.
The deciding game three switched to Clarksdale Thursday (April 13) but unlike the previous two games this one was one sided as the Green Wave won the series behind four RBI’s each from Kolby Baker and Drumheller.
Gordon supplied a pair of singles and three RBI’s while Hunter Carpenter and Harris each doubled.
Alex Jackson got the pitching win with Sheldon Stokes tossing 1/3 of an inning in relief.
North Delta wrapped up their district slate at 8-7 with a 15-1 win on the road at Rossville Christian Monday (April 17).