Saturday, April 9, 2016
Southside High School
Monroe County High School
The Monroe County Baseball team ended a long drought Saturday afternoon in Selma. After a delayed start, the Tigers would meet the Panthers for a double header on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Game One would begin much slower than Head Coach Clay Entrekin would have liked. âWe came out a little flat and took us awhile to wake up from a very long bus ride.â Stevie Lett would start the game on the mound for the Tigers as the Panthers lead off man would reach base and eventually score on an error by the Tiger defense. Lett would end the inning with a 6-3 put out and it would be the Tigers opportunity to respond in the top of the 2nd inning down 1-0. Following to punch outs, the Tigers would start a small rally following a walk, single, walk, and a catchers interference call leading to a MCHS run to tie the game at 1-1. In the bottom of the 2nd errors would come to take a bite out of the Tigers leading to three Panthers runs before leaving men stranded with the score 4-1. The Tigers would respond with three runs of their own to make it 4-4 all the way into the 6th inning when the Tigers would break it open with timely hitting and patience at the plate. The Tigers would end the with a 13-6 lead and would close the game down winning by a score of 13-7. Stevie Lett would go the distance tossing 7 IP with 10 Kâs, 3 BB and allowing 6 hits and up 4 earned runs. âStevie did an ok job today. We talked all week about limiting the mistakes and filling up the zone with strike. He and good innings and then some innings where he got off track a little and had to work extremely hard. He responded well to coaching and buckled down when the team needed him to the most. I always tell our guys that mistakes are going to happen but itâs how you respond to those mistakes that make you and this team what we are. Our patience at the plate and trust in what myself and Coach Chris House were asking from them really showed in this game.â â Head Coach Clay Entrekin
The Tigers would not have much time to relax as the 2nd game would start not long after the first had ended. Dallas Stabler would take the ball in the 2nd game and the Tiger would start early on offense scoring two runs in the top of the first and three runs in the top of the 3rd making it a 5-1 ballgame. Then things would get dicey as defensive mistakes would allow the Panthers to close the gap to 5-3 after 3 innings. The Tigers would continue to pressure the Panthers only to come up short in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings with runners on. âI told them that a 5-3 score was not going to be enough to put them away. They were going to fight for this game and they did so hats off to Coach Solomon and his guys, but I looked our guys in the eyes after the 6th and I knew they were going to push us over the top and we were going to walk away with two wins.â _Head Coach Clay Entrekin The beginning of the 7th inning would look dim as the first two batters would ground out to third and a fly out to the left fielder. However, that is where things would get interesting. Andrew Cahill would finish his day with a two out single followed by a four-pitch walk to Franky Banks. With two on and Cameron Lassiter at the plate, he would deliver a single down the right field line scoring Cahill and moving Banks to third. A running substitution would put Jadiah Banks in the game as Erikston Kidd would draw a four-pitch walk loading the bases with two outs and leading 6-3. âWe had room to play now. I never feel comfortable when the game is only two walks and a shot away from being tied, especially in area play where every game is so important.â â Entrekin The Tigers would then take a chance that would prove to put the nail in the coffin as an steal was called and executed to perfection as Maurice Woody Jr. would connect on a ball back up the middle just before Franky Banks would slide safely into home followed by Jadiah Banks giving the Tigers a 8-3 lead. âIt was definitely something that, when the opportunity is right, is worth trying especially to give our guys some confidence. You donât see teams steal home to often and it is really something that has to be a gut feeling from both the coach and the player. Franky looked at me and I knew he had the timing of the pitcher down so we went for it. I honestly think it gave us a spark that we needed.â â Clay Entrekin. Dallas Stabler would slam the door closed on the Panthers with a final punch out to end the game. Stabler would go the distance pitching 7 IP with 14 Kâs 0 BBâs and 5 hits allowing 3 Earned Runs.
âOverall today was a good day, we have to find ways to be more consistent in every aspect of the game. I am very proud of the way we traveled today and took what was given to us by a good team and walk away with two area wins to build on in the future. Everyone did their part today and did so willingly and ,as a coach, that is all you can ask for. With that being said, it has been awhile since this program has won two games on the same day, so we are going to enjoy this and turn over on Monday and prepare for Southern Choctaw and Senior Night on Thursday.â The Tigers return home on Thursday the 14th for a Double Header against Southern Choctaw as they eight seniors will be recognized between the two games. The first game begins at 3:30.
Below: Andrew Cahill gets the sign from third base during MCHS game on Saturday.