‘Cats battle Houston tough in close loss

By Robbie Robertson

Winston County Journal

The Louisville baseball team only got in one game last week and gave the defending Class 4A champions all they wanted.

After falling behind 7-0 to Houston, the Wildcats rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh but fell short, dropping a 7-6 decision to the Hilltoppers.

Louisville has a full schedule during Spring break as they were scheduled to play Richton at Stringer at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Wildcats will travel to East Central Community College and host Houston in a 4-4A contest before playing Saturday at Stringer against Central Hinds at 3:30 p.m. and Choctaw County, Ala. at 5:45 p.m.

Houston 7, Louisville 6

The Wildcats fell behind and posted a seventh-inning rally but fell short against the defending Class 4A state champions on Tuesday.

The game was scoreless for the first three innings before Houston scored four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth inning.

Louisville then scored all six of their runs in the top of the seventh but couldn’t finish the comeback.

Louisville managed only two hits in the contest, one by Cam Harrington and another by Shemar Eiland.

Harrington had two RBIs while Eiland, Dre Shumaker and Payson Roberts each had RBIs. Shumaker, Tonk Jackson, Pervis Frazier, Eiland and Roberts each scored runs for the Wildcats.

Louisville drew eight walks in the contest as Shumaker, Calvin Talley and Roberts each had two apiece while Jackson and Frazier had one apiece.

Takobe Johnson and Roberts also had stolen bases for Louisville.

Keyandra Boler pitched four innings and gave up just two hits and four runs. He walked five and struck out four. Braylon White pitched 1.1 innings without giving up a hit and walked one while Quay Eiland went 2/3 innings and gave up one hit and three runs.