FULTON- The Pontotoc Red Sox American Senior Legion baseball team won both their games Saturday at the ICC Round Robin to improve to 9-1 this summer.
The Red Sox defeated Batesville 5-2 in the opening game, followed by a 9-0 shut out of the North Mississippi Indians in the second contest.
Against Batesville Kelton Hall (Ingomar) put the Red Sox on top with a RBI double in the top of the first inning.
The Pirates tied it up in the bottom of the first, and the Red Sox answered by plating two in the top of the second. Kylan Carter (Houston) led off the frame with a walk, followed by an infield single from Bailey Albritton (Grenada) and a single from Cole Phillips (West Union). Cade Spratlin (Bruce) grounded into an RBI fielder's choice to give Pontotoc a 2-1 lead, and Albritton later raced home on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.
Batesville put runners on the corners in the bottom of the second, but Red Sox starter Blaine Ware (South Panola) induced an ground out to end the inning unscathed.
Joel Wilkinson (East Union) singled to start the Pontotoc third. Ethan Dyer (North Pontotoc) then lined an RBI double. Dyer scored on a ground out from Ware to extend the lead to 5-1.
Batesville scored on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-2. Carter replaced Ware on the mound with two down and struck out the Pirates' Bowen Williams swinging to end the inning, stranding three runners. Carter went on to toss the final three innings as well, allowing only one hit and striking out a total of four.
The Red Sox then took on the Indians, jumping on top early with a 7-run first inning, all of which came with two outs. Peco Townsend (Pontotoc High School) drove in Wilkinson and Dyer with a double into the left field corner, and Carter dropped a bloop single into right to score Townsend. Spratlin later lined a two-run single to plate Carter and Ware, and an error on a dropped fly ball allowed two more runs to come home.
The Red Sox added a lone run in the the fifth when Carter brought home Hall with a double. In the sixth Dyer made it 9-0 with a two-out RBI single that scored Phillips. Colton Peel (Houston) and Wilkinson combined for a one-hit, seven inning shut out on the mound.
Pontotoc's pitching dominated the day, as they held their opponents to a total of two runs in 14 innings.
"Our pitching did a good job, but we are still not hitting with runners on base," said Red Sox coach Nickey Browning. "We've still got a little ways to go, but we do not want to peak out right now. We want to peak at the state tournament, because it is going to be tough."