East Rankin takes two from Copiah Colonels

By James Beasley
The Copiah Academy baseball team did some good things in their games at East Rankin Academy last Thursday, but there weren’t enough of them as the Patriots swept a doubleheader from the Colonels by scores of 4-2 and 16-8, respectively.
In the first game, CA outhit ERA 6-5 despite losing. The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on Perry Harris’ RBI-single. The Colonels tied the score with a run in the top of the fourth, only to have East Rankin respond with a pair of runs in the fifth on David Watkins’ RBI-double and a CA error. Copiah threatened with a run in the seventh on Jacob Ashley’s RBI-double, but Jacob Weldon recorded the final out to halt the Colonel rally.
Josh Cook with a pair of singles was the only CA player with multiple hits in the first game. Zane Frazier was the offensive star for the Colonels in the nightcap, going 4-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The second game turned into a slugfest early as the Patriots scored 7 runs in the bottom of the first. The Colonels got 4 of them back in the top of the second, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Jacob Ashley, an RBI-double by Ryan Drew, and a 2-run single by Zane Frazier. However, ERA responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.
CA never gave up, scoring once in the third on an RBI-double by Ashley and adding 2 more runs in the fourth on Josh Cook’s RBI-double and Zach Mattingly’s fielder’s choice. However, the Patriots responded each time, scoring a pair of runs in the third and another in the fourth. They put the game away with 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth, even though CA scored a final run in the seventh.
Copiah hosted AAA foe Jackson Prep on Tuesday and will travel to Flowood on Thursday for a double header with the Patriots.

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