Bombers execute bunts of their own to beat Select for tourney title

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; This bunting stuff is getting contagious.

With wooden bats, as long as it works &045; well, you know the rest.

Both the Miss-Lou Select and the Mississippi Bombers played versions of small ball in the final of the Miss-Lou Showcase wooden bat tournament Sunday night, but the Bombers were able to mix in some hard-hit balls in crucial times to package a 6-5 win to claim the title and make up for that loss to the Select to open the tournament.

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The loss was the Select’s only one in the three-day tournament.

The Select was able to tie the game back up in the fifth with the bunt and only one hit and left the infield &045; the team had just two the entire game &045; before the Bombers rallied and got the lead back before holding on for the win.

The Bombers &045; made up of players from Brookhaven Academy, Parklane, Wesson and Trinity Episcopal &045; stayed with Zach Watson on the mound and closed it out in the seventh. The Select trailed by two heading into its last at-bat and got a run in when Eric Perry singled in Jesse Morrison, who reached on a bunt to lead off the inning despite colliding with Bombers first baseman Bradley Allred on the play at first.

But Perry was left at first as Watson got the next two batters to strike out to end the game.

The Bombers had success with the small ball in the sixth when they entered the inning trailing by a run. Allred reached base on a slow roller down the third-base line, but he call the way around to score when Bubba Boggs put down a bunt and the throw to first sailed into right field.

Boggs went to second as the score was tied at 4-4. The Select opted to intentionally walk T-Boy Lynch, and Josh McBeth followed with a bunt single to load the bases. Nine-hole hitter Micah Davis then chopped one back up the middle that bounced off the rubber and went into center field to score Boggs and Lynch for a 6-4 lead.

The Select struggled at the plate but had success in the fifth inning when nearly everyone got the bunt signal &045; even slugger Dustin Carroll. With runners on first and second, Morrison moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt before Matt Barnes hit a little looper into shallow center to score Brian Sanderson.

The Bombers intentionally walked Perry to load the back up before Braxton Fondren walked to score Carroll and cut the lead to 3-2. Luke Brumfield’s bunt was short enough to score Barnes on a squeeze play and move the runners up, and Perry scored on an errant pickoff try.