By Bryan Davis
The Diamond Wave baseball team at West Point played four games last week. The team escaped the week with a 2-2 split in the games, including a 1-1 split in district action against the Tigers of Saltillo.
Tonight, the Green Wave squad will hit the diamond again, this time taking on New Hope at the Trojans’ house.
Last Week, West Point got off to a great start, knocking the cover off the ball against Saltillo on Tuesday night in a 12-2 victory. On Friday, the Green Wave traveled to Saltillo, but they did not fare quite as well, falling 9-3 in the second game.
“We made some mistakes that got us in the hole early,” said West Point head coach Buddy Wyers. “We didn’t hit the ball very well either.”
On Saturday, the Green Wave returned to the field for a pair of non-district games in Starkville, against the Yellowjackets and Louisville’s team.
West Point took the Louisville match 12-2, but they would fall a few hours later to Starkville 10-3.
In the first game, West Point’s offense was clicking, much as it had last Tuesday night at home. The Green Wave pounded out 11 hits on one error.
Tez Lane, who had six hits between the two games, was 3-for-4 with a double. Tommy Keys belted his first home run of the season out of the park. j
Freddie Reed, who hit a home run last Tuesday, got a double in Saturday’s opener, and Dalton Davis had a pair of singles.
Brandon Edwards had a double in the game as well.
Edwards started the game on the hill for West Point, pitching 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up no earned runs on three hits, with two walks. Senior Will Harrell came in to get the final two outs, both exiting with strikeouts.
In the second game, the Green Wave committed five errors in the field, including three in the first innings, which led to four runs.
Lane was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, and Reed had two more hits, including a double.
Davis was the losing pitcher of record in the game, as the Green Wave made two more errors in the bottom of the sixth for four more runs for Starkville.
Tonight, the Green Wave will try to improve their district mark against a program that is always competitive.
“Whether it be Saltillo or New Hope, those schools are very successful,” Wyers said. “I don’t care if they lost all nine of their starters, they’re still going to be good. All of our district rivals are successful programs, and have been for a long time. They’re still going to be good, like they are every year.”
West Point will play New Hope three times this season. Tomorrow night’s opener could set the tone for how the three-game slate plays out.
“The first game in the series is always important,” Wyers said. “Nothing’s going to be given to our players.”
All of the action starts at 5 p.m., with a junior varsity game and will be followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. New Hope will be here on Friday at the same times.