Scott’s Welding runs away with 12-3 win

Published 12:31 am Friday, April 29, 2016

NATCHEZ — Scott’s Welding scored six runs in each of the first two innings en route to getting past W.T. Drilling 12-3 in 9-10 year old Dixie Youth baseball action Thursday.

“We’ve been working real hard on our hitting,” Kevin Whittington said. “I’ve been real proud of all of our kids … We practice a lot, and it’s really showing on the field.”

Scott’s Welding pounded out nine hits in the win, headlined by Jack Whittington’s two-hit game. Jack recorded an RBI single in the first inning and tacked on a two-run double in the second.

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While the Scott’s Welding bats were heating up, pitcher Justin Hawkins managed to keep W.T Drilling’s scoreless through the first three frames. Hawkins finished with six strikeouts in earning the win.

“He threw a good game,” Kevin said of right-handed hurler. “I think he lost his focus a little bit at the end. Sometimes, they worry a little too much about the baserunners than the batter. A pitcher has to have a short memory; he can’t worry about the base hit before. Just worry about the guy at the plate.

W.T. Drilling struggled to start the game, recording just two hits through first three innings. In the third inning, however, W.T. erupted for three runs, charged by a run-scoring double from Terrance Johnson.

“We’re a young team,” W.T. Drilling coach Tim Cotton said. “They have a lot going on. Last week we won two games, and the week before that, we won a game 13-2. (Thursday), our confidence got rattled. To me, it’s the games that they have to fight back in that makes them better ball players.”

There were many bright spots for W.T., however, including a scoreless inning from Jack Krevolin. Krevolin also recorded two hits in the game, including a triple in the first, and scored a run.

Alex Polland drove in three runs and had an RBI double for Scott’s Welding. Jacob Pryor and Jacob Smith each chipped in with run-scoring singles.

For W.T. Drilling, Jamie Wilson and Austin Helbling each recorded a single.

With the win, Scott’s Welding pushes its record to 8-0, and Kevin believes there could be more wins in the near future.

“I’ve got some good pitchers, and we play really good defense,” he said. “The defense (Thursday) played really well, and I’m really happy with them.”

Scott’s Welding will play Natchez Monument at 5:45 p.m. Monday, while W.T. Drilling plays at 7:15 p.m. against Brumfield Electric.

“I’m still proud of them,” Cotton said. “We’re still a good team, and we’re still having a good time. Everyone on our team is learning how to hit, throw and catch a baseball, and that’s most important to me.”