By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Probably the most important stat that baseball coaches look is how you do with runners in scoring position.
For the Grenada Chargers this has been a reoccurring problem.
In last week’s 5-4 loss at Hernando, GHS left nine on base. That same stat haunted the Chargers in Friday’s home game with the Tigers from DeSoto County.
Grenada had runners all over the bases, stranding 12. Hernando came out of the gate swinging, scoring seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-2 win.
Saturday, the Chargers bounced back for a 12-1 win at Cleveland.
With the weekend action, Grenada has its overall record at 7-4. The Chargers are 0-2 inside region play.
“We left way too many people on base Friday,” GHS Coach Jake Yarborough said. “Hitting with runners in scoring position is an important stat from an offensive standpoint. We have addressed that point and begin producing in RBI situations.”
The 7-0 hole was big, also.
“They hit us pretty good the first two innings,” Yarborough said. “When you get down that much early, it’s hard to come back.”
Hernando out hit Grenada 11-8 in the contest.
Caleb Morgan was the losing pitcher, going one-plus innings. He allowed seven runs with six being earned. The sophomore righthander allowed eight hits.
Dillon Hill came on to close the game out. He walked two and struck out two while allowing three runs with one being earned.
Offensively, Will Jordan paced the Chargers with two hits, including a triple. The senior drove in a run.
Jay Redditt added two hits and a RBI. Brandon Williams finished with a double. Ethan Burke, Shelby Craddock, and Bradley Sanford all had singles.
The Chargers scored three times in the third and nine in the fourth to break the game open. GHS had 11 hits in the contest.
“Saturday, I thought we did a good job of putting the ball in play and making them make mistakes,” Yarborough said. “Defensively, I thought we were solid.”
Sanford started the game pitching 2 1/3 innings. He allowed one hit while walking six.
Brantley Shaw, the second of three pitchers, pitched 1 2/3 innings. He allowed one hit to go with a walk and strikeout, earning the win. Williams closed the game out pitching the final inning.
Redditt had two hits, including a double and drove home a run. Jordan finished with two hits and two RBI. Burke also had two hits.
Josh Greer had a double and drove home three runs. Craddock also had a double. Kesner Spencer, C.J. Avery, and Williams all had singles.
Grenada returns to action tonight traveling to Tupelo for a region contest. After dropping their first two in the region, this week will be important to the Chargers, who are at 0-2 along with South Panola.
“We would like to get a couple of wins this week,” Yarborough said. “Tupelo is a solid team, who likes to take advantage of your mistakes. Hopefully, we can go up there and play good.”
Action begins at 4 p.m. today at Tupelo with the junior varsity. The varsity contest is set for 6 p.m. Action moves to Grenada Friday with games set for the same time.