West Point had just two hits in the sixth inning, but four runs was enough cushion to a first round victory in front of their home crowd Thursday night, topping Saltillo 15-12 in the 12U girls Dizzy Dean State Tournament at the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex.
"They're a scrappy bunch," head coach Keith Holton said. "If we're going to win, we're going to battle to the end. We don't have that shutdown pitcher that can hold them to one or two runs. Saltillo gave us everything we could handle."
West Point got the home fans cheering in the first inning scoring five runs before the visitors came back took a one run lead by the third inning, scoring six unanswered runs. Saltillo extended their lead to four runs in the third before West Point rallied and cut the lead to one in the fourth inning 10-9. After sitting the side in order, West Point took the lead with two run double by Madi Holton. West Point combined for eight hits on the day led by Peyton Teffeteller with three. Aamiya Rush also had a pair of base knocks.
"The turning point for us when we finally settled down and started throwing strikes,"Holton said. Our defense and team speed is our strong points. If we're going to win it's because were aggressive."
West Point will take on Eupora in the second round today at 5:30 pm.
8U girls - Eupora
WP 11 - Mathiston 17
West Point had a one run lead, 11-10 heading to the fourth inning before Mathiston scored seven unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth inning to get the victory. "We played really well offensively," head coach Ken Wright said. "We hit the ball really good." But he added there was some issues on defense. West Point had to replace their starting first baseman with an inexperienced one in the first inning. "That hurst us a little bit."
8U boys Nationals - Louisville
WP 19 - Sherman 4 / WP 17 - Saltillo 2
The Nationals put on a hitting display Thursday outscoring their opponents 36-6 on the first day on the 2011 Dizzy Dean tournament. "The teams we played weren't over powering, but we made all the routine plays," head coach Sherman Berry said. "We played good defense and we hit the ball up and down the order." The Nationals didn't rely on any one player Berry added. "I was very pleased with the overall effort." The Nationals battle Ackerman this afternoon at 3:30.
8U boys Americans - Louisville
WP 14 - Houston 29 / WP 11 - Saltillo 12
The Americans gave up an eight run lead in the fourth inning to lose their second game of the day to Saltillo. "We executed, it just fell apart at the end," head coach Tim White said. If the Americans win today against Eupora at 2:30, there is a chance they can have as many as three games today if they keep winning.
10U boys - Columbus
WP 2 - Clinton 7
West Point head Jonathan Edwards made a substitution mistake with the bases loaded and two outs that might have led to a different outcome. "It was a learning experience," he said. "The boys played a great game, hats off to them. We got that loss out of the way and we should be fine from here on out." West Point will take on Hamilton tonight at 8 pm.
West Point's 10U girls lost to Winona and will Play Louisville today while the 12U boys advanced to play Starkville today after beating Hamilton in the opening round.View more articles in: