Tigers Drop Two Games at Sixth-Ranked East Mississippi
SCOOBA — Coahoma got two good performances from its starting pitchers on Tuesday evening but couldn’t pull out any wins on the road at sixth-ranked East Mississippi. The Tigers fell 8-4 in Game 1, and 6-0 in Game 2 and are now 0-4 in the MACJC North Division.
After giving up a two-run homerun in the first inning of the early contest, Ray Williams (D’Lo, MS) settled in on the mound for the Tigers going five innings and spreading out five hits. The sophomore picked up steam as the Tigers scored four runs in the third inning and held the lead until the sixth.
Freshmen T.J. Knowles and Matt Rappa provided the offense during the third with Knowles blasting a two-run homer and Rappa picking up two more RBIs with a two-out double.
The Tigers maintained the lead until the bottom of the sixth when the Lions picked up four hits (including a solo homerun) and took advantage of a Coahoma error and a walk scoring six runs to pull away for the win. CCC pitchers Williams and Jonathon Oglesby (1 inning) combined to give up just five earned runs, but the Tigers defense committed three untimely errors.
Coahoma finished with nine total hits with East Mississippi only picking up six.
In the nightcap, the Tigers couldn’t string together any offense to help out starting pitcher C.J. King who gave up three runs in the first inning and then sailed through the next four with just two hits and no runs.
In the sixth, EMCC took advantage of two walks and another Coahoma error to put up three more runs for the 6-0 final.
King finished the game giving up six total hits, and combined with Williams in the first game, CCC starting pitchers gave up just 11 total hits during the two-game stand. However, they both combined for ten walks (five each) and the CCC defense committed five total errors.
Offensively, the Tigers were led by Oglesby who went 4-for-6 with two doubles, Rappa who finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs, and Louis Colon and Hudson Ross who each picked up two hits.
Coahoma’s next chance to pick up its first MACJC wins will be this Saturday when they host their first series on the year against Northwest. After winds damaged the baseball and softball fields in late December, the Tigers have been unable to host any home games. The first pitch of the double-header is scheduled for 1 p.m.