Bat Tigers Can’t Hold onto Lead; Drop Two Games at Itawamba
CLARKSDALE — The Coahoma Community College baseball team was on track to pick up their first conference win of the year on the road in Fulton, MS on the Itawamaba Community College campus, but after scoring five runs in the top of the first inning of Game 2, late walks and errors facilitated an Indians’ comeback and sweep of the Tigers in MACJC North Division action.
CCC dropped both games of a double-header, 10-4 and 10-6.
In Game 1, the Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when designated hitter Jonathan Oglesby blasted a first pitch fastball over the left-centerfield fence. But after CCC starting pitcher C.J. King struck out the side in the first, the Itawamba hitters zeroed in scoring seven runs and collecting eight hits — including a three-run homer.
Sophomore Rob Brigham entered the game in relief late in the fourth inning and finished throwing 2 1/3 innings, giving up just two hits and two earned runs.
The Tigers scored on a sacrifice bunt in the fourth, and scored two more times in the bottom of the seventh on a 2-RBI single by freshman Hudson Ross equal the 10-4 final score.
In Game 2, CCC roared out of the gate collecting six hits in the first inning including RBI-singles from Ross and freshman Hunter Necaise. However the Tiger bats went cold after the first inning with the exception of a solo homerun from freshman T.J. Knowles.
The Tigers finished with more hits than the Indians for the game, however, Itawamaba took advantage of three errors, six walks and two hit batsman and two big homeruns (two and three-run homers) to battle back and eventually pick up the win.
Oglesby finished the day for the Tigers with four hits, including the homerun, a double and two singles. Sophomore Mario Brown (triple, single) and Freshmen Luis Colon (singles), Necaise (singles, 1 RBI) and Ross (singles, and 3 RBIs) were the only other Tigers with multiple hits.
The Tigers (2-18, 0-8 MACJC North) will have their next chance to pick up a conference win this Saturday as they play host to conference leader Northeast MS (13-11, 6-2 MACJC North). The double-header is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Eddie C. Smith Sportsplex.