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Jackets defeat rivals in two 13-3 decisions

March 25, 2012

Nathan Pugh, who had five hits for Starkville on Saturday, makes a play at first base. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

Nathan Pugh couldn't think of any better way to honor his coach on Danny Carlisle Day at Starkville High School than to win.

That's exactly what the Yellowjackets did with a pair of 13-3 victories, first over Louisville in six innings and second against West Point in five innings.

After out-scoring rivals 26-6 in the two games and getting a total of 22 hits, Pugh said everyone did their part in order for SHS to have success.

"We play as a team all of the way around whether we are on the field or in the dugout," said Pugh, who had five hits in the two games. "With it being Coach Carlisle Day, we wanted to do what he wanted us to do and that's win."

The Jackets improved their overall record to 9-3.

Carlisle and the team got to the ballpark around 8 a.m. and didn't leave to well after 8 p.m.

With two more wins in their back pocket, Carlisle didn't mind one bit.

"I will stay from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. when you play like that," Carlisle said. "We kept a little momentum going.

"I'm proud of both of these wins. There was a time or two in the second game where we left the bases loaded and didn't do what we should have, but we didn't quit, and kept on going."

After West Point struck for two runs in the first inning of the second game, Starkville came back strong with five runs on five hits in the bottom half of the frame. Harper Day had a two-run single in the rally.

The Jackets increased their advantage to 8-2 with three runs in the second inning. Pugh and Nick Brooks had back-to-back RBI doubles, then Tanner Clanton drove home a run with a single.

The Green Wave only got one more run in the fourth inning off Clanton, the starting pitcher for SHS in game two, then the Jackets closed the action with five runs in the fifth.

Pugh had a double and single to lead Starkville's nine-hit attack, while Victor Johnson had a triple and Brooks added a double for the only other extra base hit. Max Bartlett, Daniel Murphree, Maurico Clark, Day and Clanton contributed one single each.

Clanton worked all five innings on the mound for the Jackets, gave up six hits and struck out five.

Carlisle was proud of the pitching performances he got from both Murphree in the first game and Clanton during the day.

It kept the SHS main arms of the pitching staff fresh for Tuesday's upcoming Class 5A, Region 3, District 4 action against Neshoba Central at home.

"Neshoba Central coming in will be a quality opponent and we've got to be ready to play defense," Carlisle said. "They are going to bunt the ball, roll it around and pitch it well."
 
Starkville 13, Louisville 3

The Jackets started the day with a victory in six innings over the Wildcats.

Starkville opened the scoring with a run in the first inning, then added three more in the second with the the big blow being a two-run home run by Brooks.

After the Jackets expanded the lead to 7-0 with two runs in the third, Louisville broke the scoring ice with a pair of runs in the fourth.

Day drove in a run with a fifth-inning single to give SHS an 8-2 advantage.

The Wildcats got their final run in the top of the sixth, then the Jackets ended the game with a five-run explosion on seven hits in their half of the frame. Pugh had two singles in the inning, including the one that closed out the scoring.

Pugh had three singles for Starkville, while Brooks added a pair of singles to go along with his home run. Clark had a triple and two singles, and Day and Bartlett had a pair of singles each.

Murphree pitched all six innings to get the win for the Jackets. He scattered six hits, struck out a pair and did not walk a batter.

Louisville, which only had one extra base hit on a double from Darius Miller, bounced back to take a 4-2 victory over West Point in the second game of the day.

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