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Pugh, Brooks combine to pitch 5-2 SHS victory

March 23, 2012

Starkville High School pitcher Nick Brooks proved he had a little gas left in the tank for the Yazoo City Indians on Friday afternoon.

After throwing 74 pitches to get the win against Yazoo City on Tuesday night, Brooks found himself back on the mound three days later in a save situation.

Brooks entered the game against the Indians in relief of starter Nathan Pugh and threw seven pitches and finished out a 5-2 victory for the Yellowjackets.

"I was really proud of Nick for the way he came in," SHS coach Danny Carlisle said. "I asked him how he felt and he said he could get one or two (innings). He came back and proved that he had it."

The bases were loaded with two outs in the sixth inning when Brooks took the baseball from Carlisle. Brooks struck out Yazoo City's Rodney Mitchell to end the inning.

In the seventh, Brooks retired the side in order.

Brooks was just happy to help the Jackets improve to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in Class 5A, Region 3, District 4.

"The purpose was to get us out of the inning and get another win," Brooks said about coming into the game. "Coach (Carlisle) asked me if I could go again and I told him I could. I wanted to do everything I can for my team."

Brooks saved the game for Pugh, who was the winning pitcher.

Pugh struck out 10 batters and only allowed three hits. He worked around four walks through 5 2/3 innings.

The Indians came up with two runs off Pugh in the second inning on a two-run single by Darius Wright.

Even though he had runners on base in the third and fourth frames, Pugh pitched shutout baseball and allowed Starkville's offense enough time to get the runs necessary to pull out a victory.

"Nate struggled, but kept battling and battling," Carlisle said.

The Jackets benefitted from four Yazoo City errors in the fourth inning to score three runs and take a 3-2 lead.

Starkville added two more runs in the fifth with one scoring on an RBI single by Tanner Clanton.

Max Bartlett and Daniel Murphree had one double each, but the Jackets were limited to six hits total.

Carlisle didn't like the fact that SHS fell behind early and hopes the game served as a wake-up call for his squad.

The Jackets had a more difficult time with the Indians after winning a 12-0 decision earlier in the week.

"We've got a pretty good team when we all come to play, but it was obvious (Friday) we were somewhere else," Carlisle said. "You get a 12-0 win, then think you can show up and go through the motions. Hopefully this will wake us up and we'll be better for it.

"It's just amazing we got the bases loaded twice with one out and didn't get anything out of it. Hopefully, we'll do better (today)."

Starkville has two opportunities for wins today at home.

After taking on Louisville at 12:30 p.m., the Jackets play West Point at approximately 4 p.m. West Point and Louisville meet in the second game of the day.

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