Amidst Coronavirus concerns, Oak Grove comes away with 4-1 win over Purvis

By ANDREW ABADIE,

 

As baseball carried on during a typical Saturday between Purvis and Oak Grove, the lingering issue of being able to play more games due to the Coronavirus was an underlying issue. As Oak Grove beat Purvis 4-1 on Saturday the question remains on the MHSAA’s decision on the course of action for spring sports, which lingered around the diamond. 

 

“The thing that I heard is that they are going to leave it up to the school districts,” Oak Grove coach Chris McCardle said. “I’ve heard on Monday they were going to send out something over the state to figure what we are going to do with the next couple of weeks with our division schedule and if they let us keep playing. We just got word in the dugout that our spring break is extended for an extra week. We are off two weeks instead of one so we don’t know if that means if we can come practice, if we get to play or if we need to reschedule games or if they are killing the whole thing. I don’t know.”

 

For Purvis coach Tony Farlow, the plan is to continue as if things are normal until the situation changes otherwise. 

 

“I think we will be playing baseball, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they suspend it for a week or two,” Farlow said. “It’s like I told our kids we have practice Monday and we have Greene County Tuesday. That’s what we are planning on until somebody tells us different.” 

 

In the game, Oak Grove’s Parker Harington and Purvis’ Hunter Robinson went head-to-head on the mound. 

 

The two pitchers threw three scoreless innings until the top of the fourth inning until Klabron Pollard broke the game open with an RBI double to give Oak Grove a 1-0 lead. 

 

Purvis, however, tied the game with a run being driven in from a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

 

In the sixth inning, the Warriors found momentum again as Oak Grove scored a run on a double steal and then followed with an RBI double from Caleb Gibson to take a 3-1 lead. 

 

Purvis had a chance to answer, as Harrington loaded the bases with one out after giving up two walks and a single. Despite the bases-loaded situation, the Tornados could not cash in, which, according to Farlow, was a missed opportunity. 

 

“That was really our best chance to try and put some runs on the board,” Farlow said. “We didn’t come through for us. Oak Grove played really good defense and pitched really well. I thought at times we did today but just a good baseball game.” 

 

Oak Grove added an insurance run in the seventh inning from a throwing error. 

 

In 5.1 innings, Hunter Robinson allowed three runs off five hits, walked one batter and hit two while striking out four batters. 

 

“(Hunter) gave us a good five innings,” Farlow said. “We didn’t plan on using him that long, but he was kind of own so we rode him as long as we could. I think all this does, is get us ready for division play, which starts next week if we get to play.”

 

For Oak Grove, Harrington threw a complete game as he gave up five hits, walked three batters and hit one while throwing five strikeouts. 

 

“It’s kind of a traditional Saturday baseball game with Oak Grove as most years are typically nip and tuck,” Farlow said. “We felt pretty good about it until we didn’t get the play at the plate on the run down. Obviously, we would have like to hit a little bit better today. It was just a good high school baseball game today.”

 

While the game brought pros and cons for each team, both teams will have to wait until Monday for any ruling on whether sports will be continued to be played for the rest of the spring. 

 

“As of right now, I think they will let us play it out,” McCardle said. “Whether we play Saturday games, or if we play an abbreviated season, go straight to division games, our kids and everybody in our community in the Pine Belt love to play baseball. At least give us something for the kids to do as long as everything is safe.”

 

 

 

 

 

As baseball carried on during a typical Saturday between Purvis and Oak Grove, the lingering issue of being able to play more games due to the Coronavirus was an underlying issue. As Oak Grove beat Purvis 4-1 on Saturday the question remains on the MHSAA’s decision on the course of action for spring sports, which lingered around the diamond.

“The thing that I heard is that they are going to leave it up to the school districts,” Oak Grove coach Chris McCardle said. “I’ve heard on Monday they were going to send out something over the state to figure what we are going to do with the next couple of weeks with our division schedule and if they let us keep playing. We just got word in the dugout that our spring break is extended for an extra week. We are off two weeks instead of one so we don’t know if that means if we can come practice, if we get to play or if we need to reschedule games or if they are killing the whole thing. I don’t know.”

For Purvis coach Tony Farlow, the plan is to continue as if things are normal until the situation changes otherwise.

“I think we will be playing baseball, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they suspend it for a week or two,” Farlow said. “It’s like I told our kids we have practice Monday and we have Greene County Tuesday. That’s what we are planning on until somebody tells us different.”

In the game, Oak Grove’s Parker Harington and Purvis’ Hunter Robinson went head-to-head on the mound.

The two pitchers threw three scoreless innings until the top of the fourth inning until Klabron Pollard broke the game open with an RBI double to give Oak Grove a 1-0 lead.

Purvis, however, tied the game with a run being driven in from a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the sixth inning, the Warriors found momentum again as Oak Grove scored a run on a double steal and then followed with an RBI double from Caleb Gibson to take a 3-1 lead.

Purvis had a chance to answer, as Harrington loaded the bases with one out after giving up two walks and a single. Despite the bases-loaded situation, the Tornados could not cash in, which, according to Farlow, was a missed opportunity.

“That was really our best chance to try and put some runs on the board,” Farlow said. “We didn’t come through for us. Oak Grove played really good defense and pitched really well. I thought at times we did today but just a good baseball game.”

Oak Grove added an insurance run in the seventh inning from a throwing error.

In 5.1 innings, Hunter Robinson allowed three runs off five hits, walked one batter and hit two while striking out four batters.

“(Hunter) gave us a good five innings,” Farlow said. “We didn’t plan on using him that long, but he was kind of own so we rode him as long as we could. I think all this does, is get us ready for division play, which starts next week if we get to play.”

For Oak Grove, Harrington threw a complete game as he gave up five hits, walked three batters and hit one while throwing five strikeouts.

“It’s kind of a traditional Saturday baseball game with Oak Grove as most years are typically nip and tuck,” Farlow said. “We felt pretty good about it until we didn’t get the play at the plate on the run down. Obviously, we would have like to hit a little bit better today. It was just a good high school baseball game today.”

While the game brought pros and cons for each team, both teams will have to wait until Monday for any ruling on whether sports will be continued to be played for the rest of the spring.

“As of right now, I think they will let us play it out,” McCardle said. “Whether we play Saturday games, or if we play an abbreviated season, go straight to division games, our kids and everybody in our community in the Pine Belt love to play baseball. At least give us something for the kids to do as long as everything is safe.”