POPLARVILLE – Team McCarty rolled past Team Bartlett in a 9-2 win that secured the No. 2 seed for the playoffs.
“It was a perfect win,” Team McCarty coach Graham McCarty said. “It was a really good combination of lights out pitching, and we got some really good extra-base hits in there. We ran the bases well. Everybody came out locked in. It was just a good day.”
Team McCarty (10-3-2) quickly got on the board with a solo home run from Colson Harris (Jones College) in the bottom of the first.
Team McCarty continued to plate a run in each inning to take a 7-0 lead. Sumrall alum Zane Berry (East Mississippi CC) knocked in a run with a sac fly in the second inning, which was followed by an RBI double from Alden Davis (South Alabama) in the third inning.
“(We were) putting good swings on balls and having good at-bats,” McCarty said. “It’s always good to swing together some runs early and really get the momentum going towards the end of the game.”
At the same time, Hunter Stanley (Southern Miss) delivered an efficient start on the mound for Team McCarty as he gave up two hits and struck out four batters in the first three innings of the game.
“It was hot, that’s for sure,” Stanley said. “I will say I felt a little fatigued for whatever reason. My body didn’t feel as good as it has been. You are not always going to have your best stuff. You just have to find a way to make pitches and get people out.”
In the fourth and fifth inning, Berry stole home on a double steal while Davis hit a two-run home run. Team McCarty added two more runs from wild pitches to extend its lead to 9-0.
Team Bartlett managed to get on the board as Team McCarty walked in a run in the sixth inning, and another run scored from an error in the seventh inning.
Davis finished the game 3-for-3 while drawing a walk and delivered three RBIs.
“(Davis) had a three-hit day,” McCarty said. “He’s been swinging really well this summer and seeing the ball good. He has really great power. (His home run) could have cleared 500 feet. It was pretty impressive. It’s what he does. He just shows up and swings it.”
Despite Davis’ successful hitting, Team Bartlett’s pitching struggled as the game allowed a combined nine walks, seven hits and four wild pitches. Team McCarty’s pitching of Stanley, Smith and Tyler Spring (Southern Miss) allowed a combined three hits and struck out eight batters.
“It’s hard to beat that,” McCarty said. “That will win ball games right there. Stanley threw three good ones, and Mason Smith came in and was basically lights out. We have a deep (pitching) rotation, and I think we showed that today and it should get us deep in the playoff.”