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April 16, 2014

Colston’s 10 strikeouts leads way as Quitman beats Greene County

MERIDIAN — QUITMAN — The Quitman High School baseball team entered its contest against Greene County High School in need of a win to keep its playoff hopes alive.

And the Panthers got it, defeating the Wildcats, 8-1, in District 5-4A action Tuesday night.

“We got this one,” Quitman coach Jim Abraham said. “The boys played well. We pitched well, hit well and fielded well. You do that, and you you’ve got a good chance.”

The Panthers (6-16, 3-4) now pull to within one game behind third-place Greene County (8-13, 4-4).

“They made some mistakes that helped us out, but our guys played really well.”

In fact, Greene County committed six errors total, including four in a four-run fifth inning, highlighted by Gage Parker’s double to left and Taylor Creighton’s single that each scored one run.

“We’re a really confident team,” Creighton said. “We just have to overcome the adversity. We had the problems striking out in earlier games, and errors definitely was, but through dedication and practice, we’ve been playing a lot better.”

Added Abraham, “We didn’t strike out much. We put the baseball in play and made them make the play, and that usually gives you a chance to win.”

Pitcher Kyle Colston (3-4) tossed seven strong innings in earning the win. Colston allowed just five base hits while striking out 10 batters.

“I had all my pitches working tonight,” Colston said. “I had the slider, curveball working and was able to throw the fastball for strikes. I was just throwing everything right.

Added Abraham, “Our pitcher threw his butt off tonight.”

Colston pitches with a unique delivery, in that he pauses at the top of his motion in order to gather himself before delivering.

“It allows me to stay back and get my arm over the top to be able to throw downhill,” Colston said.

 The Wildcats scored their lone run in the seventh inning when Mackenzie Scarbrough singled to right that scored Dalton Kittrell.

“We didn’t show up ready to play,” Greene County coach Drew Hollinghead said. “We knew Quitman was a tough bunch, and they had their guy on the mound. We knew we were going to have to play a good game, and we definitely didn’t do that. It was disappointing for sure.”

Quitman travels to Greene County Thursday where they will look to build on Tuesday’s win.

“Those boys have more confidence than they have ever had before. They ain’t ever quit, and they won’t ever quit. That’s what makes me proud of them.”

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