Meridian Star


June 29, 2014

District 3 wins 2 at Games

MERIDIAN —     Down 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the District 5 baseball squad felt confident, head coach Kent Lewis said.

    And they rode that confidence by scoring three runs in the inning, allowing relief pitcher Reed Michel to close the door in the seventh and secure a 4-3 win against District 3 in the State Games of Mississippi baseball competition Saturday night.

    “These guys love to have fun,” Lewis said. “They love to have fun, and they keep confidence in themselves the whole time. Whenever these guys have confidence in themselves, the way they’ve kind of jelled together recently, it carries over. Right now, they believe everyone who steps up there has a chance to win the game for them.”

    The win set up a Bronze Medal rematch between these two teams at 10 a.m. today. The winner of that game will play District 8 for the Gold Medal match at 12:30 p.m.

Mason Avery cut the score to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth by scoring on a throwing error. A sacrifice fly by Joseph Gateley sent in Austin Moffett from third, and on the same play, West Lauderdale High School’s Chase McClelland came home on another throwing error.

    The lead allowed West’s Reed Michel to get the save in the seventh. After walking the leadoff man, Michel struck out the side to secure the victory.

    “Just win,” Michel said of his mindset. “I wanted to shut them down. I just wanted to strike them out.”

    Michel gave up no runs and just one walk in two innings of work, striking out four, for the win. Gateley pitched 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on two hits with three strikeouts. McClelland got the start, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on one hit. he also hit four batters and struck out one.

    Lewis said it was all hands on deck Saturday as far as the pitching staff goes, and he still has several more he can turn to today.

    “There’s no saving nobody for tomorrow, because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed,” he said. “We have to go ahead and do what we have to do to get to tomorrow. We have a couple of kids who can still throw strikes and be effective.”

    District 3 scored first to make it 1-0 in the first inning, but District 5 tied the score when Northeast Lauderdale High School’s Andrew White came home on an error. District 3 then added runs in the top of the third and top of the sixth to make it 3-1.

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