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May 16, 2014

Sumrall takes Game 1 over Tigers

MERIDIAN — After a long game Thursday night to propel itself to the MHSAA Class 3A South State title series, Southeast Lauderdale High School had another long game against Sumrall High School Friday night in Game 1.

But the ending wasn’t quite as nice as Thursday’s 13-7, come-from-behind win, as the Tigers fell to Sumrall, 10-2, to fall behind in the series 0-1.

The Bobcats’ Nick Clark went the distance to pick up the win, giving up two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six.

“We played a good team,” Southeast head coach Shay Cooper said. “I can say a lot of different things, but their pitcher for them (Clark) did a great job. He was tough to hit, that’s the bottom line. We weren’t able to do much.”

The Tigers, by contrast, went through four different pitchers, with sophomore starter Alec Marlow taking the loss. He went 3 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits while fanning one batter. While Southeast also went through several different pitchers Thursday, Cooper said his team’s pitching situation wasn’t dire heading into today’s matchup.

“We’ve got about three guys left,” Cooper said. “They’re just going to have to do it (today). (Nathan) Ross will be able to come back, and we feel good about Gage Ramey. We also have one or two young guys, so we’re alright. We just have to go out and hit — that’s the name of the game.”

Cooper added that he wasn’t sure Ross was going to start today and that he would have to talk to him to see how he felt.

Southeast got on the board early when Mason Irby doubled and later crossed home plate on a fielder’s choice groundout by Ross. But the Tigers wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the seventh.

Sumrall, meanwhile, tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third inning with Alex Knight singled in Drake Nightengale. The Bobcats made it 4-1 in the top of the fourth when a run came home on a balk, another one scored on an error and a third one scored on a fielder’s choice.

The Bobcats added four more runs in the top of the sixth and two more runs in the top of the seventh.

Irby again reached base with a single in the bottom of the seventh. His pinch runner later scored on an error to give Southeast its other run of the game.

In relief, Jake Miller pitcher 1 2/3 innings, walking four and giving up two runs on one hit. He also had a strikeout. Hunter Graham pitched 1/3 of an inning, surrendering two runs on two walks and one hit. He also hit a batter. Lefty Luke Files pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Southeast (21-12) will face Sumrall again at 7 p.m. on the road for Game 2 of the series. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Southeast.

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