By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
After being shut out to open the season on Saturday morning, the Chargers of Choctaw County High School bounced back to take a 9-7 win over Cleveland in dramatic fashion to close out the day.
Coty Weaver blasted a two-out walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth to hand CCHS the win in a game that saw Choctaw County take a 6-1 lead, only to have to rally late to earn the win.
“We needed that win,” said CCHS head coach Andy Young. “We had a good feeling about ourselves going into the season and we still do. But that win really helped.”
He said his team ran into a buzz saw in Eupora pitcher Rusty Johnson to open the season, as the junior ace shut down CCHS 3-0 in the first game of the dau.
“He kind of hurt our feelings and mine too,” Young said. “He’s a good pitcher and we just couldn’t get anything much off of him.” Logan Black, Weaver, Woody Vowell and Brody Hines all had hits for Choctaw County against Eupora.
Woody Vowell banged out a key two-run double for CCHS in the win over Cleveland, while Hines had a pair of hits and Ryan Blackwell pitched well in relief to get the win.
Choctaw County’s games against Nanih Waiya and Noxapater on Monday were cancelled. Next up for the Chargers are home match-ups with West Lowndes on Thursday and Houston on Friday, before Choctaw County takes on Bruce and East Webster in the East Webster Tournament on Saturday.
“We will certainly know a little bit more about ourselves by the end of this week,” Young said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge and we are excited about it.”