Combined no-hitter highlight of weekend for Green Wave

West Point’s Roe Ketchum comes out of his windup to deliver a pitch to Eupora on Friday.
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DANNY P. SMITH
STARKVILLE DAILY NEWS

Hard work has paid off for West Point pitchers Roe Ketchum and Gray Berry. Ketchum and Berry combined for a no-hitter on Friday night as the Green Wave defeated the Eupora Eagles 8-1 at Taylor Field.

During the course of the game, Ketchum wasn’t aware that something special was in the process of happening.

“I didn’t realize we had (the no-hitter) until the end of the game,” Ketchum said.

With 14 strikeouts between them, Ketchum and Berry frustrated the visiting Eagles.

“Those two are really good when they throw strikes,” West Point baseball coach Blake Hutchison said. “They are tough to hit. They work hard at it and they are two of the hardest working kids on the team so I’m proud them.”

It wasn’t a great start for Ketchum as he walked the first batter he faced in the first inning, but he settled down to retire the next eight batters.

Ketchum struck out the side in the third inning and left the game after the fifth with 12 strikeouts.

“My curveball was really good,” Ketchum said of why he was so effective. “I was getting it down and getting it low.”

Berry came into the game in the sixth inning and nearly worked two perfect frames.

Zack Cooper of the Eagles reached on an error in the seventh to keep that from happening.

The Green Wave scored a pair of runs in the third inning to get the pitching all of the offense it needed. Xavier Moody singled and scored on an error, while Seth Edwards reached and came around the bases on errors.

After Eupora got its only run in the fourth when Al Dumas walked for the second time and scored on an error, West Point increased its advantage to 4-1 with two more runs in
the fourth. Baker Watson singled and scored on an error, then Jake Chambless was hit by a pitch and came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ketchum.

“I feel like we could cause a little havoc on the bases if we could just get on the bases,” Hutchinson said. “We did a good job of reading balls in the dirt and stealing some bases. A big key that I preached to them all day was find a way to get on base and let’s cause some trouble.”

The Green Wave added insurance in the sixth by scoring four more times.

Edwards and Davion Goree reached on errors and scored. Goree crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Robert Watson.

Barry and Ketchum walked and scored a run each in the final at-bat. Baker Watson had three singles to lead

West Point’s eight-hit attack, while Ketchum added a pair of singles.

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It looked as if the Green Wave were carrying that momentum into Saturday’s game with the Starkville Yellowjackets after one and a half innings.

West Point had established a 3-0 lead and was in early control before SHS scored eight unanswered runs to snatch the victory.

Two errors helped the Jackets to some of their production.

“We’re still making too many errors on defense, but I like the way we are swinging the bats,” Hutchinson said after Friday’s Eupora game.

In the first inning against Starkville, the Green Wave scored twice. Seth Edwards singled and Gray Berry doubled, then Berry scored on a groundout by Roe Ketchum. Berry came home on an RBI double by Davion Goree.

West Point added a run in the second as Edwards drove in Jake Chambless with a single.

The Jackets answered with two runs in the second, then took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. They added insurance with three runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

Edwards had a double and two singles in the game for the Green Wave, while Berry and Goree had a double and single each.

Goree was the starting pitcher and had two strikeouts during his four innings of work. Edwards and Baker Watson pitched one inning each in relief. West Point came out of the weekend with a 4-4 record.

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