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Cats knock off No. 5 New Hope

By Staff
From staff reports
April 13, 2001
The Meridian High Wildcats used a little luck and a lot of determination to ease past the No. 5 New Hope Trojans 3-1 on the road Thursday night in a makeup contest.
The Trojans plated a run in the fifth and had the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth before John Hays Compton settled in and got out of the jam.
In the seventh, with New Hope threatning again, the Cats (17-10) ended the issue with a double play.
Compton improved to 3-5 by allowing only four hits and an unearned run through seven. He also walked four and struck out five. Robert Tucker took the loss on the hill for the Trojans to fall to 3-1.
John Stevens paced the nine-hit attack for MHS with a 3-for-4 effort.
The Cats will take on Caledonia in a doubleheader today at John Moss Field.
Union 11, Nanih Waiya 0: Justin Darby tossed a five-inning no-hitter as the Yellow Jackets blanked Nanih Waiya.
Darby, who is now 7-1, struck out six in the shutout win.
Union backed him with 10 hits, including a pair of doubles and a single from Jody Blount, who was 3-for-3, and Eric Graham, who was 2-for-2 with a double and a home run.
Wes Henry singled and doubled, and B.J. Norton and Zack Robinson also had doubles for Union.
The Yellow Jackets are now 19-9 overall, and Division 5-1A champ Union is 11-1 in division play.
The Jackets step out of division play today and Saturday. Union visits Class 4A West Jones today, then goes to Class 2A Ackerman Saturday. Both games are at 3 p.m.
Northeast Lauderdale 17, Northeast Jones 7: The Trojans overcame an early 5-0 deficit to run-rule the visiting Tigers in a Division 5-4A contest.
Northeast Lauderdale, which is now 13-9 overall and 7-5 in division play, will return to action Monday at Enterprise at 6 p.m.
The Trojans scored three times in the second and four in the third to take the lead, then broke things open with seven runs in the fourth.
Dusty Hedgepeth had two hits and three RBIs and Drew Anderson had a pair of doubles to lead Northeast. Adam Leister and Jay Jacobs each had three RBIs and Phillip Garrett had two hits for the Trojans, who had 10 hits in the contest.
Will Matlock (6-2) got the win in relief of Stephen Bergin.
Kemper Academy 11, Central Academy 6: The Rams rallied from a small 2-1 deficit with a five-run burst in the top of the third to help fuel a road victory at Macon.
Adam Davis played a big part in that with a 4-for-4 performance that included a pair of RBIs.
Dereck Calvert and Josh McCarty each broke through for a pair of hits, with Calvert grabbing a double and McCarty a pair of RBIs.
Wade Whitaker added a double for KA.
After another score in the top of the fifth, the Vikings could only match their visitors in runs the rest of the way.
Von Gomel took the loss for the Vikings (14-8), but managed an RBI double early in the contest.
Ty Harbour (4-1) grabbed the win by striking out six through seven innings.
The two teams combined for nine errors, including six by the Rams (8-5). Kemper plays host to Sylva Bay Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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