COLUMBUS – The Starkville Yellowjackets lost their second game in a week to division rival Columbus after falling 7-4 Friday night.
The homestanding Falcons scored a pair of runs in the first, second and third innings and added one more in the sixth. They ended up with seven hits for the game, but were issued six walks and were hit by a pitch once by the Jackets.
Starkville, which scored two runs in the second and two in the fifth, had one extra base hit and that was a triple by Hayden Higginbotham. Blake Dawkins had three singles, Nathan Pugh had a pair of singles, Wesley Montgomery had two singles, and Daniel Murphree, Victor Johnson and Max Bartlett had one single each.
Barlett, in relief of starter Lee Peeples, pitched 3 2/3 innings and only gave up one run. He did not walk a batter, but did hit one.
Starkville, which fell to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the division, host Louisville at 11 a.m. today and turn around to face Golden Triangle rival West Point at 4 p.m.
East Webster rallies to defeat Hatley
HATLEY – Down 7-2 after five innings, East Webster scored six runs over the course of the sixth and seventh innings to come from behind and beat Hatley 8-7 on the road Friday night.
The Wolverines (6-2, 2-1 in Class 2A, Region 2) scored four sixth inning runs and two in the seventh to escape with the win.
In the sixth, East Webster began its rally with a Codie Silver single and a Ty Hendrix double.
Silver scored on a fielder's choice by Hayden Hendrix to cut the Wolverines' deficit to 7-3 just ahead of a single by Dillon Henley.
With two men on, Austin Halford hit a three-run homer to cut the hole to one run.
In the seventh, the East Webster run continued as Silver was hit by a pitch just ahead of what turned out to be a game-winning two-run homer by Hayden Hendrix.
Thrilled with his team's comeback, East Webster head coach Wes Johnson gave praise to his squad, particularly Halford, who Johnson said had a "career game".
"He had two doubles, a home run and two spectacular catches in the outfield," said Johnson.
Ty Hendrix took the pitching win for East Webster, throwing the final 1 2/3 innings in relief of Silver.