By Robbie Robertson
Winston County Journal
It was a rough week for the Noxapater baseball team on the diamond as the Tigers dropped a pair of contests, managing only nine hits on the week.
The Tigers were shut out 5-0 by Calhoun City on Thursday and lost 10-3 to Eupora on Saturday.
“We have struggled at the plate for two weeks now,” Noxapater coach Casey Orr said. “We have left way too many people on base. We’ve got to do a better job of getting those guys home.”
The Tigers, now 2-4, have two games scheduled for Spring break as they will host Eupora on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Pelahatchie at 5 p.m. After Spring break, they will return to the diamond on Tuesday when they host Sebastopol on Tuesday, March 21. On Friday, March 24, they will travel to French Camp for a 6 p.m. contest and will travel to Newton on Saturday, March 25 for a 3 p.m. contest.
Calhoun City 5, Noxapater 0
The Tigers managed only two hits as Calhoun City’s Jo Gray pitched a seven-inning gem on Thursday.
Calhoun City scored one in the second and it stay that way until the fifth inning when the Wildcats added two more runs for a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats added two more in the sixth inning for their final runs.
Calhoun City only had six hits in the contest but drew nine walks and left 25 runners on base.
Hunter Johnson got the start on the mound for the Tigers and took the loss.
Eupora 10, Noxapater 3
Eupora broke open a close game with four runs in the fifth inning to take a seven-run win on Saturday.
Noxapater scored a single run in the top of the first but Eupora answered with two in the bottom of the frame. The Tigers answered right back with two runs in the top of the second while the Eagles scored one in the bottom of the second to leave the game tied at 3-3.
But that was it for the Noxapater offense while Eupora scored one in the third, four in the fourth and two in the sixth.
The Tigers scattered seven hits in the lineup as Brandon Kugle, Braden Estes, Hayden Pierce, Keonte Daniels, Depodray Coburn, R.J. Piere and Ty Duran each had hits. Coburn, Pierce and Duran each had RBIs while Estes, Hunter Johnson and Duran each scored runs.
Kugle, Coburn and Duran each had doubles in the game.
Braden Estes got the start and pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits. R.J. Pierce pitched the final four innings and was tagged with the loss, giving up eight hits and eight runs with only two of those runs being earned.