Starkville Daily News

Vols get walk-off win on Ming’s homer

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The Starkville Academy Volunteers took Saturday's game in dramatic fashion, with an 8-7 walk-off victory in 10 innings over Jackson Academy.

The game was tied at 7-7 with the Vols batting in the bottom of the 10th when Justin Ming hit a solo homer.

Starkville Academy earned the victory despite allowing Jackson Academy to score four runs in the fourth inning.

The Vols took an early lead in the third inning with two runs on a Wyatt Johnson homered.

Starkville Academy tied the game up at 7-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Major Smith singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

In the third inning, the Vols got four runs. The offensive onslaught came from Johnson’s homer, a groundout by Briggs Bennett, and a double by Drew Williams.

Tanner Mckee was the winning pitcher for Starkville Academy. The southpaw went three innings, allowing zero runs on one hit, striking out four and walking zero. Wyatt Hedges and Luke Mckenzie entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Rett Stringer took the loss for Jackson Academy.

Williams started the game for the Vols. He surrendere­d seven runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings, striking out nine.

Starkville Academy racked up nine hits for the day. Hedges, Johnson, and Williams had two hits to lead the Vols. Williams had a pair of doubles.

In the nightcap, the Vols could not continue the winning moment with a 9-6 loss to Marshall Academy. The game was tied at six with Marshall Academy batting in the top of the eighth when Nick Mccormick singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.

Despite the loss, Starkville Academy did collect seven hits in the high-scoring affair. Unfortunat­ely, Marshall Academy had 12 hits on the way to victory.

The Vols opened up an early lead in the first inning when Hedges singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

Marshall Academy knotted the game up at 6-6 in the top of the seventh inning, when an error scored one run for Marshall Academy.

Samuel Buckner took the loss on the mound for Starkville Academy. The righthande­r surrendere­d four runs on two hits over 2 2/3 innings, striking out three. Johnson started the game for the Vols and allowed nine hits and five runs over five innings, striking out six and walking one

Starkville Academy collected seven hits for the day. Hedges and Jackson Redmond collected two hits each to lead the Vols. One of Redmond’s hits was a double.

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