Tigers Split Double-Header with Lawson State
BIRMINGHAM — Coahoma Community College’s baseball team got two solid pitching performances Tuesday afternoon but was only able to come away with victory on the road against Lawson State Community College. Freshmen pitchers Jonathon Oglesby (Senetobia, MS) and Talis Ulmer (Laurel, MS) gave solid efforts on the mound, with Oglesby’s effort thwarted by errors in Game 1.
Coahoma dropped the first game 7-4, and picked up the win in Game 2, 7-2.
The Tigers defense committed six errors in the early contest while Oglesby gave up just 4 hits and two walks, and struck out two batters in 4 1/3 innings of work. The starting pitcher did not give up an earned run but the scoreboard showed the Cougars scoring six during his time on the mound. Sophomore Ray Williams (D’Lo, MS) pitched in relief giving up just one run during the final 2 and 2/3 innings.
In the nightcap, Ulmer pitched six strong innings and spreading out six hits and two walks while allowing just one earned runs. Freshman Corey O’Brien (Boca Raton, FL) came in and earned the save throwing the final inning and striking out two Cougar hitters.
The Tigers (2-12) were led offensively by freshman catcher Hudson Ross (Southaven, MS) who was 4-of-6 from the plate (a single and two doubles) and picked up five RBIs. Freshman Matt Rappa (3-for-4, 2 walks) and sophomore Damario Brown (3-for-6, 1 walk and 1 hit by pitch) also had good days at the dish with Rappa (Red Banks, MS) driving in four runs and Brown (Laurel, MS) scoring three.
Coahoma is still struggling on the defensive side of the field, and will have to tighten up if they hope to compete in the competitive MACJC Conference.
“We have a lot of freshmen on this year’s team, and right now were still waiting for some guys to step up and take some leadership positions,” said Head Baseball Coach Kenny Strong. “If we would have made routine plays against a lot of our early opponents, a handful of those games could have easily ended up as wins for us.
“Our effort in the second game (Tuesday) was a lot better than the first, and I was really proud of our pitchers. Our starting pitching has been good all season. We’ve got some guys that have thrown the ball well and deserved to win some games but we’ve let them down defensively. Hopefully we’ll get our heads straight and come out and play like we’re capable this weekend and start the conference schedule off on the right foot.”
The Tigers open up their MACJC North Division schedule this Saturday on the road in Moorhead at Mississippi Delta Community College with a double-header beginning at noon.