Leister fires no-hitter; Union edges Southeast
CAUGHT Union's Jacob Casey gets caught in a rundown by Southeast's Michael Anderson during Wednesday afternoon action. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
By Jamie Sullivan / staff writer
March 14, 2002
QUITMAN The Northeast Lauderdale Trojans opened the Quitman Invitational with a no-hitter against the Union Yellowjackets Tuesday morning, while UHS bounced back to hold off a seventh-inning rally by Southeast Lauderdale to win the second game of the day.
The day's action saw Union beat Southeast 5-4, Raymond defeat Quitman 6-5, Northeast Lauderdale beat Union 6-1 and Quitman down Southeast Lauderdale 10-0.
The Southeast Lauderdale Tigers rallied in the seventh inning for three runs, but that was not enough to defeat Union.
The first inning was scoreless for both teams, but the Yellowjackets went to work in the second inning, taking a 1-0 lead when Brooks Vance drove in Joseph Graham.
In the third inning, the Yellowjackets padded their lead, when Wes Henry reached on a fielder's choice, and was later driven in by Eric Graham, who later scored on an error.
Union added another run in the fifth inning, when Jody Blount crossed the plate to make it 4-0
The Tigers got a run in the fifth inning, when Jay Butler crossed the plate, after belting a double up the middle. Union responded with a run by Eric Graham in the seventh inning to make it 5-1.
The Tigers had the last bat, and showed somewhat of a comeback in the final inning. Tyler Overby had a lead-off single, bringing Jeff Linton to the plate. Linton walked to put runners on first and second base. Butler then doubled up the middle, to score Overby, and cut the score to 5-2. Brandon Booker then doubled over the first baseman's head to score Linton and Butler. The Tigers' rally was ended with the next batter, when he was retired by the second basemen.
The Tigers fell to 6-4 on the year, while Union goes to 6-7. The Yellowjackets will be in action again Saturday when they host Morton.
Larry Fairchild suffered the loss on the mound, while Brooks Vance recorded the win for Union. UHS was led in hitting by Jordan Robinson with a double and a single, while Eric Graham tossed in two singles and an RBI.
Southeast Lauderdale was led offensively by Butler with two doubles, and an RBI.
In the opening game of the day, Northeast knocked off Union, behind a no-hitter by Adam Leister.
It was Leister's first career no-hitter.
All seven runs in the game were unearned runs. The Trojans committed two errors compared to six by the Yellowjackets. The Trojans advanced to 7-8 on the season. Wes Henry suffered the loss for Union.
In the third game of the afternoon, the Raymond Rangers held off the Quitman Panthers 6-5.
The Panthers only tallied two hits in the game against the Rangers.
Jonathan Russell suffered the loss for the Panthers. Russell falls to 3-1 on the year. LaMarcus Anderson had a single for the Panthers, while Blake Pippin ripped a double for Quitman.
In the final game of the tournament, Quitman upped its record to 12-4 on the year with a five-inning, run-rule win over the Tigers.
Matthew Creighton upped his record to 4-1 on the year, as he picked up the win allowing one hit and fanning 13 batters.
Adam Harper and Auston Edwards each had two singles for the Panthers. Adam Neal and Dustin Hamrick tossed in a double apiece.
Jay Butler had the only hit for the Tigers.
The Panthers will face off with Florence Tuesday afternoon.