NEW ALBANY - New Albany needed a quality outing from Tucker Owens on Friday as they desperately tried to even series with Corinth and he was able to deliver 5.1 strong innings as the Bulldogs won 9-3, avenging an earlier 11-4 loss to the Warriors.
Owens threw 101 pitches, 63 of those went for strikes while allowing three runs and scattering five hits. He walked four and struck out seven on the night.
"Up there we walked seven guys and hit five so we gave them 12 free bases and they scored 11 runs, down here I don't how many we had (six), but we made them put the ball in play and we swung the bat tonight," New Albany coach Buddy Hall said. "If you can do that, you're going to win in high school.
"Tucker did a great job and he threw great. He can do that every time out, so hopefully he's figured it out and going forward we've got it."
New Albany scored one run in the first and added three runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead after three innings.
Corinth came through to score a run in their half of the fourth, but the Bulldogs countered with three more runs and went up 7-1.
New Albany padded the lead with two more runs in the fifth and held off a Warrior threat in the six by holding them to two runs for the final of 9-3.
Charlie Lott came on in the fifth with two on and one out to close out the game on the mound. He threw 1.2 innings and gave up two hits and two walks while striking out four.
Drew Vance homered for the Bulldogs while Loden Bolen, Parker Clayton, Collin Paul and Cody Roberts each had a double on the night.
"Drew Vance swung the bat well and hit a home run that was big," Hall said. "Parker Clayton hits in the nine hole for us and he's like a second leadoff guy, I know he had two hits and might have had three. That's big when it's down at the bottom of the order and those guys are still putting the ball in play. As long as we keep doing that, we've got a chance."
Roberts went three for three with two RBI while Zack Ball and Clayton had two hits apiece. Vance, Ball and Loden Bolen had two RBI each.
New Albany is now 2-4 in Division 1-4A baseball with two game series led twith Byhalia and Senatobia.
"We've got Byhalia left and Senatobia left, so we kinda hold our own destiny," Hall said.