BY BRADLEY CROW
Loyd Star 5, Wesson 4
The Wesson Cobras (5-3) handed the Loyd Star Hornets a gift Monday night in Wesson by allowing four unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning to escape Copiah County with a 5-4 district win.
The Cobras got 6 strong no-hit innings from senior pitcher Jonathan Grace (3-2), but he allowed the wheels to fall off in the dismal fourth inning. Grace would walk five and hit one in the inning while also being the victim of a dropped pop up to add fuel to the fire. The 11 strikeout performance was nullified by the walks this night as Grace gave up 10 in the contest.
Offensively, the Cobras were effective enough to win the ballgame with Grace crushing another home run. It was the one he didn’t get that hurt the most however. In the bottom of the fourth, Grace would hit what was assumed his 9th homer of the season until the Hornet defender jumped up and robbed the long ball. The nullified the game tying score and cat the foreshadowing for how the evening would finally play out.
Grace was assisted offensively by shortstop Caleb Broome who doubled. Center fielder Chris Fink, right fielder Sid Cawthorn and third baseman Brandon Allen each singled. “We just gave it away,” stated Wesson head coach Hugh Knight. “We have got to close out games like this when you are ahead.”
Drew Weaver picked up the win on the mound for the Hornets.
Wesson 7, Magee 5
The Cobras got a boost from young pitching Saturday as freshman Matt P. Smith (1-0) went coast to coast for the Cobras in the seven inning affair to notch his first varsity victory of his career in a 7-5 victory over the Magee Trojans.
Smith commanded the game with from start to finish while battling through a couple of rough spots while recording 7 strikeouts. Smith’s effort was aided by 12 offensive hits.
Grace had another huge game as he ripped another homerun in addition to a double and single. Catcher Matt S. Smith ripped a double and single. Matt P. Smith, Broome, and Fink each had two singles while Cawthorn chipped in a hit.
The losing pitcher for the Trojans was Mike Shaw.
Wesson 11, St. Joe 3
The Wesson Cobras battled the cold conditions Tuesday night on the road as they polished off the Bruins with an 11-3 spanking in Madison County.
Grace picked up his 3rd victory on the mound with a 12 strikeout performance in a match-up where the Cobras were too much for the Bruins.
Grace continued his monumental campaign at the plate by ripping another homerun while adding a double and a single. Matt S. Smith doubled and Broome doubled also for the Cobras. Caleb Gray picked up the loss for St. Joe. Inclement weather postponed the Friday match-up in the series and will be made up at a later date.