By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County High School baseball team got just what it needed last Tuesday, putting tougher a seven-run bottom of the fifth inning to take an 8-7 win over Winona in the Kosciusko Spring Break Tournament.
CCHS head coach Andy Young is hoping that win will give his team a lift heading into region action this week. The Chargers were set to visit Philadelphia on Tuesday and Southeast Lauderdale on Friday in district games before visiting Houston on Saturday in a non-region contest.
“It was a huge win for us,” Young said. “It was something we needed going into spring break. The kids were kind of amped up for the game. They had seen Winona play a couple times and knew they were good. It was kind of like a David versus Goliath thing. They were very good, but we battled back.”
Winona scored three in the first, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 7-1 lead before Choctaw County hit for seven runs to go on top. Logan Black then mowed the Tigers down in the sixth inning to earn the win and give the Chargers the victory.
Young noted that left-hander Jamarkis Fair pitched four strong innings for CCHS as the starter and kept the lefty-hitting Tigers off balance.
The Chargers took advantage of some wildness from the Winona pitchers and also mixed in a couple bloop hits to get the rally going in the big fifth-inning against the Tigers, but the big blow was a three-run double by Ryan Blackwell that one-hopped the wall.
“It was a great effort,” Young said. “We just didn’t give up. There was a time where we could have rolled over and died, but we didn’t.”
The win was a good comeback effort, following a 10-0 loss to Kosciusko on Monday that saw Black pick up Choctaw County’s only hit in the game.