For the Starkville Academy baseball seniors, it was not the day they expected.
The Volunteers fell to Parklane Academy 10-2 Tuesday afternoon at Volunteer Field on senior day.
"It's tough," SA head coach Neal Henry said. "It's always tough to lose whether it be your first one or your last one. They know that they have another one, and they are going to continue to have more and more and more. They are going to forget about this. You have to have a short-term memory."
Seniors Ryan McKell, Ryan Mann and Alex Holtcamp were honored before the game.
The Pioneers took an early 5-0 lead after putting up one in the first and four runs in the second inning.
The Vols fought back and added two runs of their own in the home half of the second inning.
John McReynolds scored when Drew Pellum reached on an error and McKell scored on a wild pitch.
"It was good to scratch back a few runs right there," Henry said. "(SA) got some guys on base and put the ball in play. Make them make plays and we did that."
That's as close as the Volunteers got.
Parklane added three runs in the fourth and added two insurance runs with a one-run sixth and a one-run seventh.
"Hats off to (Parklane)," Henry said. "They are a great team, a playoff team and that's why they are No. 1 in their division. They came up here to play and we struggled early on. Tried to do much with everything. We didn't play our style of baseball that got us here."
McKell got the start on the mound, but gave way to Stephen Robertson who finished it off for the the Vols.
Pitching and defense has been SA's gameplan all season long, but two errors by the Vols didn't help their cause.
"It doesn't concern me," Henry said. "We got to 20 wins by pitching and playing defense. (Tuesday) we didn't play defense."
The Vols fell to 20-8 overall and 10-6 in district play. These two teams will be back in action Thursday for the final regular season games of the year when the Vols travel to McComb for a varsity doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. with game two to follow.
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