Wave wins thriller over Amory

Staff Writer

West Point took advantage of an error for two runs of their own and then made the plays when they had to to hang on to a 3-2 high school baseball victory over Amory Tuesday afternoon in the first of what will be four games in a tournament in Oxford.

Sophomore Gray Berry took the win, pitching a complete game, allowing two runs while scattering six hits, walking two and fanning nine. He threw 100 pitches, 65 for strikes.

West Point struck first, scoring a run in the first when lead-off hitter Seth Edwards singled and came around to score.

But the game settled into a pitchers' duel until the fifth when the Wave pushed across two runs to give Berry a little cushion.

With one out, Baker Watson singled and then went to third on a throwing error by Amory's pitcher. A Jake Chambless sacrifice fly to right plated Watson.

With two outs, a little "small ball" paid off with another run. Xavier Moody earned a walk, fouling off a pair of two-strike pitches before getting ball four. He stole second and went to third on an error by the Amory catcher. And when Amory's second baseman misplayed a ball off the bat of Berry, Moody scored, putting the Wave up 3-0.

The Wave would load the bases with two outs but Davion Goree couldn't get another run across.

Amory finally got to Berry a little in the sixth.

Hunter Lockhart and Jake Williams opened the inning with singles. A wild pitch moved them up and Aubrey Gillentine singled to get Amory within a run at 3-2.

Then the Wave made the plays. Gillentine was thrown out trying to steal third. AS ground out and a strike out ended the uprising.

Amory threatened again in the seventh, getting runners at first and second with one out. But Seth Morgan's line drive to West Point third baseman Jake Chambless turned into an game-ending double play.

Of Amory's six hits, five came in the last two innings.

But Green Wave coach Blake Hutchison said he never considered pulling his pitcher.

"They just strung together a couple of hits. I never really considered pulling Gray. I figured he could get us the win," the coach said.

The Wave collected five hits, with three walks and nine strike outs. Marquez Carter and B.R. Watson had the other West Point hits.

The Wave played Houston last night and faces Caledonia and Cleveland Central in tournament games today.