By Robbie Robertson
The Winston County Journal
After opening the season with a pair of wins, the Noxapater Tigers dropped a pair last week to even their record at 2-2 on the season, losing 13-1 to Ethel and 10-3 to Eupora.
The Tigers will return action on Thursday when they host Choctaw County at 6 p.m. and will travel to Sebastopol on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest. Next week, the Tigers will travel to Choctaw County on Monday and host Eupora on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and Pelahatchie at 5 p.m.
Ethel 13, Noxapater 1
Ethel jumped out early, scoring 10 runs in the first inning as they took a 12-run victory on Friday.
After Ethel scored 10 in the first, they added two in the second and one in the fourth. Noxapater scored its one run in the second inning.
Noxapater had only two hits in the contest, both by Keonte Daniels, who was recently named as one of the top 40 seniors to watch in the state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledgar. Both of Daniels’ hits were doubles.
Daniels got the start on the mound, going just the one inning, giving up six hits and 12 runs while walking six. Dalton Carter pitched the final four innings, giving up three hits and one run while walking five.
Eupora 10, Noxapater 3
The Eagles scored in each of the first four innings as they took a 7-run win on Saturday.
Noxapater scored one run in the first and two in the second and the game was tied after two innings. But the Eagles kept on scoring, adding one in the third, four in the fourth and two in the sixth.
The Tigers had seven hits in the contest as Brandon Kugle, Braden Estes, Hayden Pierce, Keonte Daniels, Depodray Coburn, R.J. Pierce and Ty Duran each had hits. Duran, Hunter Johnson and Estes each scored while Coburn, Pierce and Duran each had RBIs. Kugle, Coburn and Duran each had doubles for the Tigers.
Estes got the start on the mound, pitching two innings and giving up three hits and two runs. R.J. Pierce