Meridian Star


March 23, 2014

West Lauderdale tops Meridian, 11-3

COLLINSVILLE — On the scoreboard, it looked like a blowout, 11-3 win for West Lauderdale High School against Meridian High School Saturday.

Despite the outcome, however, Meridian head coach Robert “Popeye” Cole said he was able to take away several positives from the game — the biggest of which were the three home runs his team hit, two of which came off the bat of J’Mar Smith. Corey Davis added a solo shot of his own to account for the Wildcats’ three runs.

“J’Mar, Corey and Jamal (Horn), they’re strong kids, so if they make good contact, the ball is going to travel,” Cole said. “That’s what our feature of the team is going to be, hitting the long ball and scoring the runs.”

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, no one was on base when those home runs were hit. Meridian tallied just four hits total on the afternoon, three of which went out of the park.

“We didn’t play a bad game,” Cole said. “We just didn’t get enough hits, and they did. They got timely hit. We swung the bat pretty good and made contact, but they just made the plays. When they got men on base, they drove them in.”

The Knights tallied 11 hits on the afternoon, with Daniel Hill going 3-for-4 with a walk and Fred Franklion finishing 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks and a hit by pitch. West catcher Blake Anderson had a home run and went 2-for-4 in the game.

“I thought we had a good overall game,” West head coach Jerry Boatner said. “We had good pitching, got hits early in the game, and we were able to expand the lead and play good defense. They hit three home runs, but thank goodness no one was on base.”

West scored three quick runs in the bottom of the first when Hill singled in Franklion and Anderson connected on a two-run home run. Meridian cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third when Davis hit his solo shot.

In the bottom of the third, West made it 8-1 on RBI doubles by Chase McClelland and McKain Ortlepp — Ortlepp’s double scored two — and RBI singles by Hill and Anderson.

Smith hit his first home run in the top of the fourth to make it 8-2, and West scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth off a two-run double by Colton McKeithen and an RBI single by Will Stokes to take an 11-2 lead.

Meridian scored its final run in the top of the sixth when Smith hit his second solo shot.

Mason Wooldridge got the win for West, going three innins and giving up one run on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Meridian’s Tray Warren took the loss, surrendering nine runs on nine hits with six walks and two strikeouts.

Meridian (4-7) will play at Brandon High School Tuesday, while West (10-0) will host Leake Central High School Tuesday.

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