By ADAM GORE
In a must-win situation, the Pontotoc Warriors got eight strikeouts from senior pitcher Lige Mitchell (5-1) who scattered three hits and walked four batters on 121 pitches to pick up a 7-1 Region 1-4A victory over the West Point Green Wave in seven innings of play.
Riding a six-game winning streak, the youthful Warriors have outscored their last three opponents 27-9 as they move to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in division play this season.
Mitchell was backed by a solid defensive effort from his teammates highlighted by a golden glove quick diving catch from third baseman Ethan Donaldson to steal a base hit from a Green Wave batter.
Mitchell got off to a rocky start giving up a walk, a double, and hitting a batter to load the bases before walking Demontez Calvert to plate the lone run on the night for the Green Wave.
The Warriors answered back by scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning when Cody Roberts knifed a shot over the shortstop’s head to left to score Mitchell followed by a Reed McRaney sacrifice fly to score Zack Chavers.
Nathan White started the bottom of the second inning with a double to center field while advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jon Michael Hannon. A hard charging White scored the inning’s only run on a picture-perfect bunt down the first baseline from Donaldson on the suicide squeeze play.
Pontotoc plated one run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Roberts took one for the team to get on base via the hit batsman and scored when Grant Howell reached on a Green Wave throwing error.
The Warriors put three insurance runs on the board on a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth inning when Chavers knocked in a run when he reached on an error followed by Roberts who knocked in two runs on a Green Wave throwing error as well.
Mitchell had two hits at the plate, with Roberts, McRaney, Howell and Donaldson each with an RBI.
PHS also picked up a pair of important divsion wins in a hard fought 10-8 decision on the road against Tish County on Friday and followed the emotional win with a 10-0 win at Saltillo on Saturday.
Pontotoc will finish out region play by playing six straight games to close out the regular season with the first game coming Friday night down in “The Hollow” against the Shannon Red Raiders.