TUPELO – The Rebels and Leopards won’t be bringing back any hardware from the Tupelo Tournament, but they do bring back some wins.
Silo batted their way past Soper 12-8 on Friday, after a Thursday 12-0 win over Rock Creek. The 6-1 Rebels were rained out of Saturday’s tournament championship game. Colbert (also 6-1 on the season) took a 9-1 win over Rock Creek on Friday, but Saturday’s consolation final was also cancelled due to weather.
So, the Rebels go 2-0, Colbert splits a pair and Rock Creek goes 0-2 at the shortened tournament.
Silo cracked the bats early against Soper, taking a 10-3 lead into the fifth before the Red Bears came to life. Soper scored four runs but Silo added two insurance runs in the sixth for a 12-7 lead. Soper got one run back in the sixth before the Silo defense shut the door.
Lance House got a complete-game win despite the eight runs, as he struck out nine in the game including the first two Red Bear hitters in the seventh. House also had a hit and scored twice.
Leonard Sandler had a big day on the diamond with three singles and four runs scored. Jarris Hamilton was 3-5 with a pair of doubles; Kyle Tate had two singles and scored twice; Tanner Hearon had a single and scored once; Andrew Bolin had a stolen base.
Silo hosts Vanoss on Monday.
Colbert got five solid innings out of Bradley Nichols in the Friday win over Rock Creek. He struck out six and allowed only three Mustang hits, improving his season record to 1-1 over two days of tourney pitching.
The Leopards were ahead 1-0 into the fourth inning, when they tacked on six more for a 7-0 lead. Cade Carter’s two-run home run was the batting highlight of the day, on his way to a three RBI afternoon.
Nichols pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the fifth with only one Rock Creek run scoring on an RBI single for Bronson Burns.
Caleb Shoemake and Trevor Cole were both 2-3 batting, and Shoemake also had three stolen bases. Peyton Whitehead had two RBIs, while Preston Rice, Dylan Jones and Dakota Graham all had singles.
Mustang freshman Dakota Jackson pitched four innings for Rock Creek. Cameron Hammond, Alec Fuller and Bronson Burns recorded the Mustang hits.
Rock Creek will visit Caney on Tuesday before this weekend’s trip to the Rattan Tournament; Colbert hosts Calera at 4 p.m. Monday. The Leopards will also double up on tournaments, heading to Roff this weekend.