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March 11, 2014

Going the distance: Harrison, Rockets take down SEL

MERIDIAN —     Neshoba Central High School got the best of a pitcher's duel with Southeast Lauderdale High School Monday afternoon in the Rush Invitational at QV Sykes Park.

    The Rockets' Austin Harrison was lights out, going the distance in a 2-0 Neshoba Central win. He surrendered just four hits in his seven innings of work while striking out eight Tiger batters.

    "Typically when he's out there, he gives us a chance to win," Neshoba Central head coach Justin Stovall said. "He threw strikes, his pitch count was low, and his curve ball was working well for him (Monday). We just have to give him a few more runs, but two is all it took today."

    Southeast's Nathan Ross took the loss despite having a strong performance of his own. In seven innings of work, he gave up two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

    "Nathan has been our consistency up to this point," Southeast coach Shay Cooper said. "He's been the most consistent thing we've had. He's thrown great every time he's gone out there, so I'm hoping we can build around his performance."

    Tristan Ellinburg drove in Neshoba Central's first run in the top of the fourth when he smacked a double deep into center field to send home Preston Anderson. The Rockets score their other run in the six, when Ellinburg once again drove in Anderson on an RBI single.

    "We had several hits, but they were scattered most of the time with nobody on," Stovall said. "We left a few on base and had a couple of baserunning mistakes that maybe took us out of a run or two. Of course, in (baseball), when you make mistakes on bases, it comes back to haunt you, so we just have to do a better job of running bases."

    Anderson finished 2-for-2 on the day, while Ellinburg was 3-for-3. No one for Southeast had more than one hit.

    "(Harrison) was able to throw several pitches for strikes," Cooper said. "He's a good guy. He's already signed with a (junior college), so he's a quality pitcher, there's no doubt about that."

    Southeast (2-4) will play at 2 p.m. today in the invitational.

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