PEARL, MS (WDAM) - North Pontotoc High School mixed nine walks and six hit batsmen with seven hits as the Vikings 10-run-ruled Wednesday pitching-ravaged Magee High School in Wednesday’s Class 4A baseball state championship opener.
The Vikings (21-8) put up five runs in the first two innings, all unearned, as the Trojans (28-7) fell 12-2 in 5 2/3 innings at Trustmark Park.
Right fielder Ty Roberson drove in six, North Pontotoc runs with a pair of two-run singles, a sacrifice fly and a hit-by pitch.
The teams will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the second game of the best-of-three series.
Thanks in large part to last week’s inclement weather, Magee was without the front end of its pitching staff after a draining, three-game set with West Marion High School in the South State finals.
Magee finally prevailed in 15 innings Tuesday night to win the deciding game, then had to turn around and open against the Vikings in the second game of the state’s tournament’s opening day.
Magee turned to senior Seth Russell (2-3), who turned in a yeoman’s 5 1/3 innings, but allowed 10 runs (six earned) on six hits. He walked seven and didn’t strike anyone out.
In the other dugout, Jake Reeder (1-0) picked up the win for the Vikings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on just two singles in six innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Russell and third baseman Adam May each managed hits for the Trojans.
North Pontotoc got seven hits, including a double and single from third baseman Bo Howell and two singles apiece from Roberson and left fielder Kaden Wilson. Catcher Sheffield Anthony added a single for the Vikings.