Green Wave use summer to get youth experience

 Brandon Lairy takes his turn at the plate for the West Point summer league high school baseball team in Starkville Tuesday night.
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DANNY P. SMITH
Staff Writer

There are some younger baseball players in the West Point High School system that are getting playing time this summer.

West Point coach Blake Hutchinson said that’s important for the development of the team and sees some progress taking place.

“It’s good for the younger guys,” Hutchinson said of the summer league. “I told them they were going to get a lot of playing time in varsity games, don’t let the moment be too big for you, keep working and get better.”

Hutchinson said the summer is different that the high school regular season because there are many distractions and even other baseball obligations keep the team from being completely together for some games.

On Tuesday night in Starkville, the Green Wave had everybody present.

West Point had a lineup of Brandon Lairy, Grey Berry, Roe Ketchum, Dave Goree, B. R. Watson, Jake Chambless, Baker Watson, Rhett Ketchum and Xavier Moody. Baker Watson, Goree and John Austin Ricks were on the mound against the Jackets.

“Summer is kind of a different animal for everybody with so many kids playing summer ball here and there,” Hutchinson said. “(Tuesday) was one of the first nights we had everybody here. Pitching-wise we were very limited and everyone else is too.

““Overall with jv and varsity, I thought we played pretty well (Tuesday night). We’ve got to get better offensively. When a team makes five errors, you’ve got to capitalize.

The Green Wave only had three hits in a 4-1 loss to Starkville. Lairy and Moody had one single each in the third inning, while Berry had a fifth-inning single.

West Point got its only run of the game in the second inning when B.R. Watson reached on an error and came home on another error.

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