Meridian Star


April 20, 2014

Tired Knights overpower Trojans

MERIDIAN — The West Lauderdale baseball team played its third game in three days, but the wear and tear didn’t slow down the Knights, as they defeated Northeast Lauderdale, 5-1 on Saturday.

“It’s great to get a win considering how many games we’ve played this week,” West Lauderdale coach Jerry Boatner said. “The boys were tired, but we got the pitching and timely hitting that we needed.”

The pitching came from Mason Wooldridge (7-0) who tossed seven strong innings in earning the win. Wooldridge allowed just three hits, while striking out eight batters.

“It feels pretty good,” Wooldridge said. “It’s feels nice knowing that we beat a rival. I’m friends with most of the guys on Northeast.”

Added Boatner, “Mason is a contact pitcher. He’s not going to beat himself. He throws strikes, and he has three pitches he can throw for strikes. He’s just a good pitcher, and we’re blessed to have him on our team.”

Left fielder McKain Ortlepp led the Knights (23-0) as the sophomore finished 2-for-3, including a run-scoring double in the second.

“We’ve been real pleased with the way he’s been playing,” Boatner said. “He got two hits last night, and a couple more today, and he’s played great defense.”

For Northeast (14-9-1), the Trojans scored their lone run in the sixth inning when Ben Smith doubled to the gap in right-centerfield that scored LaDale Cockrell.

“I felt like we didn’t compete at the plate today,” Northeast Lauderdale coach Josh Snider said. “The umpire had a big zone and it got into our head a little bit, and it kind of got us out of rhythm.”

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