Wave scores two in seventh to take win

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West Point broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh and then hung on for a 4-3 high school baseball victory Wednesday night over West Marion as part of a two-day spring break swing to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Gray Berry went the distance for the Green Wave, allowing three hits while walking two and striking out seven. Of the three runs allowed, none were earned as two West Point errors contributed to the Trojans’ three runs.

Berry helped his own cause with two of the Wave’s nine hits and an RBI while Davion Goree, Baker Watson, Roe Ketchum, Brandon Lairy, Rhett Ketchum, Xavier Moody and Drew Wright each had a hit. Wright drove in a pair of runs and Roe Ketchum had an RBI.

West Point threatened in the second when Roe Ketchum singled to lead off and Xavier Moody got an infield single before a ground out ended the threat. They broke through in the third when Goree asked and Baker Watson singled. Berry followed with his first hit to score Goree and move Watson to third. Watson then scored on Roe Ketchum’s sacrifice fly.

The Trojans tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on an error, a single, a hit batsman and two walks.

West Point had a chance in the sixth when Wright and Baker Watson both reached on errors and Berry was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. But Wright was tagged out trying to race home on a passed ball, ending the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Roe Ketchum reached on a one-out error and Lairy and Rhett Ketchum followed with singles to load the bases. With two outs, Wright lashed a two-run single to right.
West Marion made it interesting in the bottom half of the inning as a single, wild pitch and infield ground out put a runner at third. An error put runners at the corners before another ground out scores a run. But Berry the next batter to end the game.

The Green Wave returns to action when they host Saltillo Tuesday in a district game.

In another game Wednesday, West Point’s bats could buy a hit and the Green Wave wasted a solid pitching performance from Xavier Moody in a 3-0 loss to Tri-County Academy.

Moody scattered seven hits in seven innings, walked one and struck out four in a 3-0 loss. Only one of the three runs was earned as four Green Wave errors hurt the cause.

He threw 99 pitches to 32 batters with 64 of them strikes.

Ti-County scored one in the top of the first and added two in fifth for some cushion.

Rebels’ pitcher Johnathan Tadlock kept the Green Wave off balance, allowing just three hits while walking none and striking out two. He faced 26 batters and got 13 ground outs and five fly outs.

Baker Watson, Berry Moody each had a hit for West Point. The Wave left five runners on base.

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