Meridian one win away from title
HE'S IN THERE – Meridian's LaColton Jackson slides in safe at home plate before a late tag by Vicksburg Hurricanes' Pierson Waring during the Cal Ripken All-Star Tournament at Phil Hardin Park Monday. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
July 9, 2002
Revenge is sometimes sweet, but seems much more sweet when it comes in a big game.
The Vicksburg all-stars put Meridian out of the state tournament last year by winning two games in Vicksburg. Meridian got revenge on Monday night with an 8-3 win in the Cal Ripken 10-year-old state tournament being held at Phil Hardin Park.
With the win, Meridian remains undefeated and is one win away from the state championship. The local team will face the winner of the Orange Grove-Vicksburg game at 7:30 p.m. tonight. If Meridian wins, they will win state. If Meridian loses, a final game on Wednesday will decide the state champion.
The games started just as the three previous Meridian games had as Meridian jumped out to a lead in the first inning. Michael Sterling started the game with a single and stole second. Davis Tucker followed with a groundout to first base. After touching the bag, the first baseman threw the ball to third trying to get Sterling out. The throw was wild and Sterling was able to come around to score and make the score 1-0.
Vicksburg came back to challenge Meridian. Vicksburg scored a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game. It was the first run Meridian had allowed in the tournament.
De White led off with a walk. He stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Ryno Martin-nez brought him in with a sacrifice fly to center.
Both teams were held scoreless until Meridian broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning. Lane Hilliard was hit by a pitch to lead off. After a walk and a fielder's choice, Caleb Melton came through with an RBI single to make the score 2-1. A walk loaded the bases and Joey Lawn followed with a big two-run double over the right fielder's head. A wild pitch allowed Melton to score and Tyi Edmonds followed with an RBI single to make the 6-1.
Edmonds was driven in when Hilliard came through with a two-out double. Witt Haggard almost put the game away when, with two runners on, he blasted a pitch to left. The leftfielder made the catch a foot from the wall to end the inning.
After Edmonds came through in the top of the fifth with another RBI single to bring in LaColton Jackson, Vicksburg answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Pierson Waring hit a two-out double and Martin-nez followed with a two-run homer to center to make the score 8-3.
Vicksburg threatened in the final inning with two runners on with only one out, but Haggard came on to strike out the next two batters and secure the win.
Lawn picked up his third win of the tournament, going two innings and allowing only two hits and one run. Jackson pitched 3.1 solid innings of relief. He allowed only three hits and two runs while striking out four.