Harrah rains on Byng's parade

Mar. 8—BYNG — Harrah pushed across three runs in the top of the fifth inning to rally past Byng for a 3-2 victory in a District 4A-1 contest Tuesday evening at Stokes Field.

The Pirates headed to Little Axe on Thursday before preparing for their spring break trip to the Gulf Coast Classic 1.

Coach Shawn Streater's club opens play in the Alabama tournament at 7 p.m. Monday against host Robertsdale. The Golden Bears started the spring at 5-4 overall.

Harrah 3, Byng 2

Byng scored both of its runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Cooper McCage led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch and went to second on a base hit by Bo Boatwright. Ryan Shelton was later hit by a pitch with two outs to load the bases.

Kendon Wood was also hit by a pitch to force in the first Byng run and Boatwright later raced home on a passed ball to put the Byng team ahead 2-0.

Joey McLaughlin followed a pair of walks with a three-run homer for Harrah in the top of the fifth inning that put the Panthers on top for good.

The Pirates managed just three total hits, including singles by Ezekiel Griffin and McCage.

McLaughlin finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs to pace a six-hit Harrah effort.

Three Byng pitchers — Preston Welch, Mason Carter and McCage combined for 11 strikeouts and seven walks.

Hank Brown was the winning pitcher for the Panthers. He struck out six, walked one and allowed just one earned run in four innings. He got relief help from Colton Whitnah.

No. 3 Tupelo opens season with split

TUPELO — The Tupelo Tigers opened the season by splitting a pair of home games on Tuesday.

The Tigers — ranked No. 3 in Class B — upended No. 8 Caney 5-2 to start things off before dropping a 5-3 decision to Class A No. 1 Rattan in a game that lasted just five innings due to time constraints.

"We just couldn't quite get enough going offensively against Rattan," said veteran THS head coach Clay Weller. "Rattan is good and we're gonna be fine. I really like this group of kids."

The tough start to the season continues for the Tigers today when they host Class 3A powerhouse Silo at 4 p.m.

Game 1

Tupelo 5, Caney 2

The Tigers built a 5-0 lead through six innings before Caney got on the scoreboard with a pair of late runs in the top of the seventh inning to spoil the shutout.

Davin Weller was the winning hurler for the Tigers. He struck out 10, walked two and allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings.

"Davin threw well, Caney is solid. It was a good way to start it out," Clay Weller said.

The Tigers collected five hits in the contest, led by senior Taecyn Meek, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored from his leadoff spot.

Nate Medcalf went 1-for-4 with three RBIs and Cash Wafford ended up 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Colton Bourland scored two runs for the hosts.

Nick Keener and Aidan Crites had run-scoring hits in the seventh inning for the Caney club.

Three CHS pitchers combined for seven strikeouts and six walks.

Game 2

Rattan 5, Tupelo 3

The hard-charging Rams erased a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Logan Smith was the winning pitcher for Rattan. He struck out seven and walked two in the five-inning affair.

Talyon D'Aguano absorbed the mound loss for the Tigers. He struck out five and walked two in 4.2 innings.

"Talyon was solid on the mound," Weller noted.

The Tigers finished with three hits in the game — a double by Taecyn Meek and base knocks from Colton Bourland and Luke Foreman, who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Shade Cody finished 1-for-2 with a walk, a double and two RBIs to pace a six-hit Rattan offense. Keegan Robertson went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and James Childers ended up 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.