|Both North Hopkins teams notch district victories|
|From Staff Reports|
March 29, 2006 - Rivercrest slipped by Yantis in a key district baseball game on Tuesday, while both the North Hopkins boys and girls notched district victories.
Rivercrest 2, Yantis 1
Despite outhitting Rivercrest, 7-3, the Yantis Owls left eight base runners stranded and fell to the undefeated Rivercrest Rebels 2-1 in District 15-A action Tuesday.
Both teams scored one run in the first and then the game became a pitchers' duel between the Owls' Daniel Cerretani and the Rebels' Laramie Lum.
The Rebels pushed one more run across in the fourth and that was all the scoring for the day.
Cerretani is now 3-2 on the season with an ERA of 0.46 for the Owls.
"We just did not hit when we needed to. We played a great defensive game and Cerretani did another good job," Coach Larry Tucker said.
The Owls are now 3-2 in district and 6-4-1 for the year while the Rebels are 5-0 in district.
Yantis will be at Sulphur Bluff Friday.
North Hopkins 12, Sulphur Bluff 6
SULPHUR BLUFF - The North Hopkins Panthers pounded out 13 hits off Sulphur Bluff's Sam Woody in Tuesday's District 15-A win.
North Hopkins' Jake Cockrum had a grand slam and went 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored, while teammates Joe Smiddy went 3-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored, and Jeremy Dixon went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one scored. Steven Crocker went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, and Dustin Clements had two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored.
Josh McPherson picked up the win for North Hopkins going 3 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts, two hits and one run, and Bradley Ball came in relief going 3 1/3 innings of five-hit ball with four strikeouts, three walks, five runs and two earned.
North Hopkins 12, Avery 0
AVERY - North Hopkins KayLee Cotten pitched a perfect game for the Lady Panthers while striking out seven batters in six innings.
Coach Jim Westbrook praised the defensive play of Chastin Smiddy, Ashley Wilson, Katy Williams and Cotten in preserving the perfect game.
Wilson went 1-for-1 with four runs, while Williams went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Maegan Baxter was 1-for-3 with two RBI.