Exciting wins becoming habit-forming for Patriots

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

Coming-from-behind is becoming old hat for the Winston Academy Patriots.

The Patriots began last week by battling back from a 5-1 deficit to take a 12-6 conference win over Leake Academy, before scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 win over the Rebels later in the week. Then on Tuesday morning the Patriots scored six runs in the bottom of the last inning to take an 8-7 win over Indianola Academy in the Benton Academy Spring Break Tournament.

“We got behind early, but we just kept battling back,” WA head coach Cory Burns said following his team’s win over IA on Tuesday. “These guys just keep battling and we have been hitting the ball pretty well overall.”

But it wasn’t a base hit that drove in the winning run against Indianola, as Reed McCool dropped down a suicide squeeze that scored Taylor Moody from third base with the winning run. Kenny Wright and Moody each had big doubles in the inning for WA that saw the Patriots score six runs to take the walk-off win.

That pushed the Patriots to 7-2 on the season and qualified them to play in the semifinals of the tournament against Leake on Tuesday afternoon. The finals were scheduled for later that night. Those results will be in next week’s Winston County Journal.

D.K. Boydstun was the winning pitcher in the win over Indianola for Winston, while Moody had a double and two singles in the game and Wright blasted a pair of two-baggers. Also getting hits in the game for the winners were McCool, Rylee Pearson and Sam Ferguson.

Winston began district play last week with the two-game sweep of Leake.

The homestanding Rebels scored five runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead against the Patriots, but Winston used an offensive barrage to make the dramatic comeback.

Jesse Boydstun led the winners with two doubles and a single, while Moody, Peyton Allen, McCool, Pearson and Logan Webb had two singles each. Boydstun survived the tough first inning to battle back and take the win, while McCool earned the save.

The second game of the week saw the Patriots beat Leake in the bottom of the seventh inning when Webb ripped a hard one-hopper that bounced off the third baseman and allowed Pearson to score the winning run. Moody and Wright had two hits each for WA in the game, while McCool, Pearson, Jesse Boydstun, Webb and Bradley Stapleton all had singles. McCool picked up the win in relief.

The Patriots dropped an 8-4 decision to Bayou Academy on Monday in the Benton Tournament, as McCool and two singles for WA and Pearson, Wright, and Stapleton had one apiece.

Winston bounced back to roll over Central Holmes n the second game on Monday, with Webb and McCool picking up two hits each, Wright smashing a double and Moody and Pearson getting a single each. Moody was the winning pitcher.

After the Benton Tournament the Patriots are scheduled to return on Monday when they host Benton Academy at 6 p.m. WA has a two-game conference series with Tri-County on Tuesday and Thursday, with the home game being Thursday at 6 p.m.