BY JAMES BEASLEY
The Copiah Academy baseball team continued its successful baseball season under first-year coach Scooter Prince as the Colonels split 6 games during spring break and the week prior.
On March 6, CA rallied for 7 runs in the final 3 innings against Tri-County Academy, only to come on the short end of a 9-7 score. Copiah scored its first run in the top of the 5th when Ben Boone singled and later scored on Scotty Reese’s single.
Trailing 6-1, the Colonels scored a pair of runs in the 6th. Michael Williams doubled and scored as Trevor Blocker grounded out. Phillip Douglas then walked and scored on Lee Brown’s RBI-single.
After the Rebels increased their lead to 9-4, CA responded with 4 runs in the top of the 7th. Reese walked, Bryce Guess was hit by a pitch, and both scored when Williams reached on an error. Another run scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the final run came home on a fielder’s choice after Matthew Wright reached first on the catcher’s interference.
Reese, 2-1, suffered his first loss of the season, even though the Colonels outhit the Rebels 10 to 6. Hunter Renfroe had 3 hits in a losing effort, while Boone and Brown each contributed a pair of hits. Williams and Wright both had doubles.
“We battled until the end,” said Prince. “Our guys never quit even after being down 9-3 going into our last at-bat. The only difference was the pitching. Our pitching was off, and we allowed too many free bases.”
Copiah 8, Amite 2
At the Amite School Round Robin Tournament on March 8, the Colonels got great pitching from Ben Boone and Trevor Blocker along with some timely hits to whip the host Rebels 8-2.
Boone was hit by a pitch leading off the game and eventually scored on Hunter Renfroe’s single. Another run scored when Russ Singleton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
CA added 2 more runs in the top of the 2nd. Blocker singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Boone then doubled and raced home on Michael Williams’ RBI-single. In the 3rd, Mitch Little singled and scored on Blocker’s double. Blocker then scored on Boone’s RBI-single.
In the top of the 4th, Williams reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored on a bases-loaded walk. The Colonels got their final run on Singleton’s solo HR in the 6th.
Boone, 2-1, was the winning pitcher and helped his own cause with 3 hits. Blocker had a pair of hits and came on in relief to nail down the win.
Copiah 4, Huntington 0
Senior righthander Matthew Wright, 1-1, shut out the Huntington Hounds on 3 hits as Copiah won 4-0 at the Amite School Round Robin Tourney during spring break.
Wright singled in the bottom of the 1st inning and drove in Ben Boone, who had doubled. CA got 3 more runs in the 2nd. Mitch Little walked and scored on Chris Flanagan’s double. Another run scored on Renfroe’s RBI-single, and the final run scored as Blocker singled and scored on Boone’s sacrifice fly.
“Once again the younger guys stepped up and played very well,” said Scooter Prince. “Plus, Matthew Wright showed his senior leadership in this game by going the distance and keeping Huntington from scoring. He pitched a great game.”
Adams Christian 21, Copiah 11
The Adams County Christian School Rebels pounded Copiah pitchers for 21 runs and 12 hits in 5 innings enroute to a 21-11 win in Natchez over the spring holidays.
CA scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st. Ben Boone was hit by a pitch and Matthew Wright followed with a 2-run homer. The other run scored when Phillip Douglas walked and scored on a wild pitch.
The Colonels scored a lone run in the 3rd when Trevor Blocker singled and later scored on Chris Flannagan’s RBI-single. Trailing 9-4, Copiah erupted for 7 runs in the top of the 4th, with Blocker’s 2-run HR the big blow.
Unfortunately, the Rebels responded in the bottom of the inning with 10 runs of their own, and then added 2 more in the 5th to bring a halt to the contest via the 10-run rule.
Blocker, 0-1, was the losing pitcher, despite helping his own cause with a pair of hits. Renfroe also had two hits in a losing effort.
Copiah 7, Oak Forest 6
Freshman righthander Trevor Blocker evened his record at 1-1 and hit what proved to be a game-winning home run in the top of the 7th as Copiah edged the home-standing Oak Forest Jackets 7-6 during spring break last week.
CA got one run in the top of the 2nd when Russ Singleton walked and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. The Colonels scored a pair of runs in the 4th on Renfroe’s 2-run double, and added 3 more in the 6th as Renfroe blasted a 3-run homer, setting the stage for Blocker’s big hit an inning later.
Boone and Renfroe each had a pair of hits for the winners.
“The guys never quit when behind,” said Scooter Prince. “Their desire to win finally prevailed and we squeaked by.”
Oak Forest 7, Copiah 4
The Oak Forest Jackets beat Copiah Academy 7-4 in the nightcap of a doubleheader to salvage a split with the Colonels during spring break.
CA scored once in the top of the 1st and added a pair of runs in the 5th. Lee Brown singled and scored on Hunter Renfroe’s sacrifice fly. Ben Boone then singled and scored on Scotty Reese’s RBI-single.
The Colonels got their final run in the top of the 7th when Trevor Blocker reached on an error and scored on Dustin Merchant’s RBI-single.
Copiah’s overall record is now 6-4. The Colonels begin district play this week, hosting Prentiss Christian on Thursday, March 20, in a 6 PM matchup following the junior varsity game, which begins at 4 PM.