By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw County Plaindealer
Last week was fun for Choctaw County High School head baseball coach Andy Young and his Chargers.
“We really played well,” Young said of the Chargers who took a pair of crucial Region 5-3A wins during the week, before falling to Cleveland in a non-division game on Saturday. “We would have liked to have won all three of them and really should have. We just let the one on Saturday get away from us.”
The Chargers used a strong pitching performance from Taylor Lofton on Wednesday to take a 7-3 win over Choctaw Central, while Logan Black smacked a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning on Thursday to power CCHS past Forest 5-3. The Chargers lost to Cleveland 8-7 on Saturday.
The wins over Choctaw Central and Forest assured CCHS of at least third place in the district and a spot in the MHSAA Class 3A State Baseball Playoffs that begin later this week. The Chargers needed to beat Southeast Lauderdale on Monday and Choctaw Central on Tuesday to finish second in the region. Choctaw County is set to close out the regular season at Starkville on Wednesday before beginning the playoffs later this week.
Lofton struck out six and allowed only three hits, while throwing just 66 pitches in the complete game win over Choctaw Central. “He had a four-pitch inning and a seven-pitch inning,” Young said. “He was hitting his spots and we were playing good defense behind him.”
Coty Weaver smacked a double and a pair of singles to lead the winners, while Woody Vowell had a pair of doubles and Black popped a double and a single. Brody Hines had a big two-run single in the first inning to give the winners the early edge.
Choctaw County led Forest 2-0, before the homestanding Bearcats rallied to take a 3-2 lead. CCHS tied the game in the top of the sixth. Ryan Blackwell was hit by a pitch to open the seventh, followed by a single by Weaver. Black then delivered a two-run double to put the Chargers ahead to stay. Weaver, Black and Hines had two hits each for the winners in the game, while Dylan Jones earned the win on the mound and Lofton got the save.
Black had three hits for CCHS against Cleveland, while Weaver, Vowell and Hines had two each.