Ryan Moody Sports Editor Pontotoc and Itawamba played an instant classic last Tuesday night in the “Hollow”. The Warriors won 12-10 in a game that had seven ties or lead changes, 20 hits, seven extra base hits, 13 walks, two homeruns, and only one error. Itawamba’s Brody Catt got the Indians off to a start in the first inning. After his teammates drew two walks, Catt hit a three-run homerun to give his team a 3-0 lead. Pontotoc answered in the bottom of the first inning with four runs to take an early 4-3 lead. Six different Warriors walked or were hit by a pitch in the frame. Pontotoc’s Walker Westmoreland gave the Warrior’s the lead on a single to left field that drove in Kaleb Barnes and Ross Montgomery. Itawamba tied the game on a Catt single in the second inning and the Indians took the lead, 5-4, on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Pontotoc’s Will Howard tied the game, 5-5, with a two out solo homerun to left center field in the fourth inning. Itawamba scored four runs on five hits in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 9-5 lead over the Warriors. Chase Hale and Westmoreland led off the sixth inning for Pontotoc with consecutive walks. Ashton Waldrop followed up with a bunt single to load the bases with no one out. Hale scored on a wild pitch to cut Itawamba’s lead to 9-6. After back to back strikeouts, Pontotoc’s Delvin Zinn drew a walk to load the bases up for senior Chance Witt. Witt delivered with a bases clearing double to left center field to tie the game 9-9. The Warriors took the lead on the next pitch with a Kaleb Barnes single that drove in Witt. Hale singled in his second at bat of the inning to drive in Barnes and pinch runner Brady Kyle scored on a wild pitch to cap off the Warriors seven run inning. The Indians threatened in the game’s final frame but Pontotoc’s Zinn pitched out of trouble to close out the game. Witt led Pontotoc’s offensive attack with three hits and three rbi’s. Hale and Westmoreland had two RBI’s a piece to help lead Pontotoc to victory. “This was one of the most up and down games that I've been a part of,” said Warrior Head Coach Casey James. “I told my guys they can reflect back to this game when they face adversity throughout the year. The players know they can count on the guy next to them to get the big hit or make the big pitch. I'm proud of how we fought to the end and just kept playing hard.”

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