SALTILLO - The Pontotoc Warriors could not put together enough offense against a tough right hander Friday night, as they fell to New Hope 4-1 at the Saltillo Spring Break Tournament despite outhitting the Trojans 7-3.
New Hope senior pitcher Payton Springfield struck out 11 while scattering seven hits in five innings to lead the Trojans over the Warriors in a hard fought game.
Hayden Harris reached on a walk in the first inning, but the Warriors could not push him across.
New Hope's Hays Lumsden scored on an error to put the Trojans on the board in the bottom of the first, and Springfield struck out three of the four Warrior hitters he faced in the top of the second.
Pontotoc junior centerfielder Caleb Hobson got on his horse and ran down a line drive to rob the Trojans of a potential extra base hit in the bottom of the second, helping keep New Hope’s lead at one.
The Warriors opened the third inning with a bunt single by Hobson, a single to left by senior Blake Duke, and single to right center by Harris that drove in Hobson and tied the game 1-1. That would be all the Warriors would get, however, as Springfield struck out the next three batters.
Cole Ruffin led off the New Hope part of the third with a single. Ruffin later scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Murphy, and a Pontotoc error on a ground ball by Springfield allowed another run to cross home for a 3-1 Trojan lead.
Pontotoc’s Ross Mathews led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a ringing single to right center. Senior Eli Montgomery advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt, but a strikeout and a nifty defensive play by Springfield ended the threat. Springfield helped his own cause in the bottom of the fifth, extending the New Hope lead to 4-1 with an RBI single that plated Murphy.
Matthews led the Warriors at the plate with a 3-3 performance.
On Saturday Pontotoc bounced back with a 7-5 win over Lafayette. Seth Ganger picked up the win on the mound, allowing only two earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings. Brice Deaton recorded the save after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings. Justin Carter went 3-4 with an RBI at the dish. Townsend finished 2-4 with an RBI, and Eli Montgomery also went 2-4.