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No letdown in game two as Vols win

April 7, 2012

Starkville Academy Colby Runnels takes a cut against Copiah Academy in Saturday's first game. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

There was not an emotional letdown for the Starkville Academy baseball team in game two of a doubleheader.

After an emotional game one win, the Volunteers beat Copiah Academy for the second time 9-6 Saturday afternoon at Volunteer Field.

"These kids are 16 and 17-years old," SA head coach Neal Henry said of his team having a letdown in game two. "They don't get exhausted. They could stay up all hours of the night, come here and play and they would be fine. I thought the first game gave us confidence."

The Colonels struck for three runs in the top of the first inning. After recording two outs in the bottom of the first inning, the Vols went to work.

Stephen Robertson started the two-out rally with a single and was driven in by Alex Holtcamp's single. Holtcamp scored on Ryan Mann's single.

Ryan McKell was hit by a pitch and Colby Runnels drove in Mann with a single to right field.

Drew Pellum reached on an error and pushed across two runs. Kirby Cox was hit by a pitch and Hunter Bolin drove in a run with a single. Austin Miles finished the two-out rally with a single plating Cox to give SA a 7-3 lead after one inning.

"To score runs with two outs that's a big thing," Henry said. "They came out with three in the first. They want to jump on you because they lost the first game, but it was huge for our boys to come out and score seven runs all with two outs in the first inning and answer what they did."

Pellum went the distance on the mound and find his way out of trouble in a couple of innings. He only gave up four hits and struck out nine.

"Pellum was really solid all the way around," Henry said. "(He) had a shaky first. He had some control problems, but after that, he settled in, he threw a lot of strikes and let them hit. They got a couple of hits, but I would rather do that than walk people. When you walk people, it's the hits behind them that hurt you."

Leadoff man Bolin had three hits to lead the Volunteers. Bolin has been doing it all year for SA at the plate.

"He is seeing the ball well right now," Henry said. "Baseball is a game of failure and he has had some humbling moments. There will be a day when he is seeing the ball well and other days when he is not seeing the ball well. He knew it was huge for him to be our leadoff guy and get some hits and set the tone for the rest of the team."

The Colonels scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Starkville Academy added a run in the third on an RBI single by Miles.
It got an insurance run in the sixth when Holtcamp scored on an error.

The Vols improve to 15-4 overall and 5-2 in district play. They will be back in action Tuesday when they play Jackson Prep at home with junior varsity action beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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