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March 21, 2014

Lamar School swept in doubleheader by Copiah Academy

MERIDIAN —Copiah Academy cruised past Lamar School in a doubleheader sweep, 11-1 and 14-8, in MAIS action Thursday at Jim Wall Field.

The Colonels (10-3, 3-3) pounded out 24 hits in the two contests, including two-run home runs in Game 1 from freshmen Colton Meadowns and Austin Ragland.

“I really liked that our ninth graders came on for us,” Copiah coach Stephen Cooksey said. “I really feel like they are going to be something special later on. They’re still young, but continuing to get better.

Meadows and Ragland combined for nine hits with four runs scored and four RBIs.

“I was able to hit the pitch deep and just have a good time playing the game of baseball,” Meadows said.

Added Ragland, “I connected real well and just drove through the ball.”

The Raiders (3-8, 0-6) have now lost seven straight games and committed seven errors in the two games.

“We’re just not playing very good baseball right now,” Lamar coach Bill Baldner said. “We’re not well-coached. Some of the (errors), I wonder why we do them. We practice the right things, but we don’t do the right things in the game.”

In the first game, Weston Acey (2-1) struck out seven batters in earning the win.

“We really fell like his confidence is building,” Cooksey said. “He has a little trouble with his control sometime, but today he felt good. We made a few errors, but he fought through them. I was real proud of him.”

The Colonels’ big inning came in the sixth as they scored six runs, aided by Meadows’ and Ragland’s two-run homers. In addition to the homers, Acey both scored the first run of the inning and drove in Zane Frazier for the final run on an RBI single to left.

In Game 2, the Colonels posted multiple runs in the third, fourth, seventh and a single run in the sixth.

In the third, Copiah scored four runs, highlighted by Ryan Drew’s double that scored Peyton Murphy. Murphy crossed home in the fourth on Ragland’s double. The Colonels added three more runs in the inning. CA scored three runs in the fifth, capped by Brant Jones’ RBI single that scored Zane Frazier.

The Raiders pushed across two runs in the fourth, and added single runs in the fifth and sixth. Dylan Miller opened the fourth with a sharp single to center. Brandon Baggett then roped a one-hop double off the wall in left that scored Miller. Baggett later advanced to third on a wild pitch and jogged home on catcher Westan Acey’s throwing error.

In the seventh, the Raiders managed to load the bases and Davis Harrison drove everyone home with a grand slam over the right field fence.

“We might have hit the ball a little better, but it came late,” Baldner said. “We didn’t get the clutch hit when we needed it.”

The Raiders will attempt to end their losing skid Saturday when they square off against Leake High School.

“We have to keep working,” Baldner said. “When the decision comes to fight or quit, you have to fight. Hopefully something good will happen and then more good things will follow.”

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