Maurico Clark had four hits in the two games Starkville played on Saturday. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
According to Starkville High School baseball head coach Danny Carlisle, Saturday games are won with the bats.
"Saturday ballgames, you don't make the difference on the mound," Carlisle said. "Most Saturday ballgames the difference is at the plate."
The Jackets pounded out 11 hits and beat Winona 18-2 in five innings in the nightcap of the three-game day at Yellowjacket Field Saturday.
SHS was coming off a tough 9-7 loss to Tupelo earlier in the day, but Carlisle was glad to see his squad bounce back.
"I thought our kids came back and played extremely well," Carlisle said. "I am glad they bounced back."
The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Marlo Hill scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Shannon Pinkney scored on a single by Ryan Parkerson.
The Jackets did not let that last long and put up a seven spot in the bottom of the second inning to pull ahead for good.
Tanner Clanton led the inning off with a walk. Maurico Clark followed that with a double driving Clanton in, but was thrown out at trying to extend his hit into a triple.
After four walks in a row and a hit batsman, Nathan Pugh drove in a run with a ground ball in the infield.
Nick Brooks then singled driving in a run, and was followed by a double by Clanton who led the inning off.
"Difference in the (day game) and (the night game) was we showed up to play," Carlisle said. "We swung at good pitches. Our lesson for the day was to swing at good pitches. When you don't (swing at good pitches), bad things are going to happen."
Jalen Campbell got the start on the mound for Starkville and pitched four good innings. He gave up both runs but only four hits. He hit two batters.
"He settled down," Carlisle said of Campbell after the second inning. "The difference in the first two innings and the rest of the game, he worked ahead. The first two innings he was behind in the count all day long. He worked ahead, worked ahead and they put up some zeroes."
The Jackets added six more runs in the third inning and put up a five spot in the fourth.
The highlight of the fourth inning was Kyle Thrasher's two-run pinch hit single.
The Yellowjackets forced the Tigers to use four different pitchers.
Brooks had three hits to lead the Yellowjackets including a double.
"He swung the bat like I thought he should have been swinging it all year," Carlisle said of Brooks. "Nick is a complete player when Nick comes to play."
Clanton, Clark and Daniel Murphree each had two hits.
"Hopefully with this game we gained a little momentum back," Carlisle said.
The Jackets improved to 12-4 for the season and are back in action Tuesday when division foe Canton comes to town. Junior varsity is scheduled for 4 p.m. with varsity to follow at 6 p.m.
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