Lawrence County bounes Warren Central, 11-2|[03/11/07]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 11, 2007

There were plenty of things to keep both Warren Central and Lawrence County from focusing on Saturday’s game at Viking Field.

WC was starting its spring break, and has a few days off early next week. Lawrence County had its prom Saturday night, and moved up the start of the game two hours to get its players back in time for it.

Lawrence County did a better job of dealing with the distractions, and got to dance happy.

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Trent Hartzog went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, Brandon Middlebrook was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Nick Jackson hit a solo homer as Lawrence County jumped to an 8-1 lead after two innings and cruised to an 11-2 rout of WC at Viking Field.

Jonathan Longmire went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Sean Elliott was 2-for-4 with a double for Warren Central (3-8). The Vikings had eight hits, but committed six errors and left eight men on base.

&#8220We got runners on and left them on, and they got too big of a lead,” Warren Central coach Randy Broome said. &#8220We’re not a team that has the capability of hitting a three-run bomb and overcoming that kind of deficit.”

Lawrence County (10-3) jumped on WC early. Joseph Evans smashed the first pitch of the game off the wall in left field for a double, and scored on Hartzog’s RBI single two batters later. Hartzog eventually scored on Middlebrook’s RBI single with two outs, and another run came in when WC right fielder Matt Traxler booted the ball.

Kyle Calhoun cut it to 3-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the first, but WC left the bases loaded and Lawrence County blew the game open in its next at-bat.

The Cougars sent 10 men to the plate, and used four hits, two walks and two WC errors to score five runs in the second inning to open an 8-1 lead. After Evans started the rally with a one-out double, Zachary Summers and Hartzog each followed with an RBI single to make it 5-1. Middlebrook’s two-out, two-run single capped the rally.

&#8220We came out and put the ball in play hard. We teach them that if you do that, good things will happen,” Lawrence County coach Cory Keyes said.

Warren Central held the Cougars in check the rest of the way, but couldn’t muster enough offense to get back into it. Jackson’s solo home run leading off the fourth was Lawrence County’s only run until it plated a pair of unearned runs in the seventh.

Longmire’s two-out, RBI single in the third cut it to 8-2, but Lawrence County starter Corey Jones retired eight straight batters after that to stifle the Vikings’ comeback hopes. WC got two runners on in the sixth and the bases loaded in the seventh, but stranded all of them.

St. Al 12, Madison-St. Joe

St. Aloysius scored nine runs in the first inning and held on for a victory over Madison-St. Joe at Hinds Community College on Saturday. The games were originally scheduled for Bazinsky Field, but a junior college tournament in Vicksburg forced the move to Raymond.

Pierson Waring, Ryno Martin-Nez and Marsh Willis each had two hits, while Jordan Muirhead hit a triple and Stephen Evans slugged a double.

Joseph Brown earned the victory on the mound.

St. Al 12, Raymond 2

The Flashes had an easier time disposing of Raymond, knocking the Class 3A Rangers out in five innings.

Marsh Willis pitched five innings and struck out six as the Flashes improved to 9-2 on the season.

Willis also had three singles, while Pierson Waring had two singles and John Robert Burnett hit a single and a double. Sean Weaver added a single and a triple, and Stephen Evans and Jordan Muirhead each hit a double.