BY CHUCK HATHCOCK
Baseball coaches will tell you there will be good days and bad days when you play the game.
Monday, the Grenada Chargers experienced not one of their better days. Still, they managed to get a couple of wins to remain unbeaten on the 2013 season.
Grenada battled sloppy play against Winona winning a 10-6 decision. In the nightcap, the Chargers recovered from four first inning errors to down Kosciusko 10-4.
“The first game was sloppy but we managed to make enough plays to get a win,” GHS Coach Jake Yarborough said. “One inning can get you beat. We know we have to play better.”
The pitching staff wasn’t quite as sharp as the previous six games. They walked five on the day.
“We talked to our players that pitchers aren’t always going to have a good day,” Yarborough said. “You have to pick them up defensively and at the plate.”
Despite the tough day from the pitchers, they were able to get out of some tough situations.
“Our pitchers were able to pitch themselves out of some tough situations during the course of the day,” Yarborough said. “I’m proud of the way that our guys competed.”
The Tigers struck for three runs in the top of the first inning off Hunter Bull. Josh Carpenter had a two-run home run in the frame.
Grenada answered in the bottom of the first. The Chargers took advantage of three Winona errors to score.
Javoris Redditt reached on an error and advanced to second when Josh Greer was hit by the pitch. Payne Horan reached on an error to load the bases.
Dalton Thomas drew a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to 3-1. Ethan Burke followed with a two-run single to tie the game.
Trey Bledsoe’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners around. Will Jordan reached on an error to give GHS a 4-3 advantage.
Winona regained the lead with three runs in the third inning. The Tigers took advantage of three Grenada errors to make it 6-4.
Grenada would add a run in the bottom of the third to draw within 6-5.
Jordan started the inning with a single. Justin Kinard advanced Jordan to second on a single. Redditt reached on a fielders choice. Jordan scored later in the frame.
Lead for good
The Chargers took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth, all after two outs.
Thomas drew a two-out walk to start the rally. Burke reached on an error. Bledsoe followed with a walk to load the bases. Jordan drove a run home with a walk and Kinard doubled home a pair.
Grenada closed out its scoring with two runs in the fifth without the aid of a hit. Burke drove home a run with a sacrifice fly. Greer would later score after reaching base on a hit by pitch.
Bull picked up the win going 4 2/3 inning. He allowed six runs with four being earned. The senior right-hander gave up four hits to go with four walks and four strikeouts.
Shelby Craddock went the final 1 1/3 innings earning a save.
Offensively, Kinard led the way with two hits.
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