Chargers ease past Tigers

Grenada High School shortstop Brandon Williams makes the tag on South Panola’s Deshawn Lindsay during Tuesday’s game at Charger Field. Grenada rallied from a 5-2 deficit with 11 unanswered runs to win a 14-6 decision. The Chargers were scheduled to host Cleveland today at 12 p.m. GHS closes the regular season Monday with a trip to Tupelo Christian Prep School. Staff Photo/Chuck Hathcock

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   With the exception of one bad inning, the Grenada Chargers continued their solid play on the diamond Tuesday.
   Grenada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against South Panola on a pair of unearned runs. The Tigers took advantage of two Grenada errors along with three hits lead 5-2.
   The Chargers came back with 11 unanswered runs to claim a 13-5 win.
   With the win, Grenada improves to 14-6 overall. The Chargers end the region schedule with a 5-4 mark after starting 0-3.
   “It was good for our seniors on their last regular season home game to get a win,” Coach Jake Yarborough said. “Other than the second inning, I thought we played really well. It was very uncharacteristic of us defensively in that inning.”
   Grenada outhit South Panola 12-5 in the contest.
   “Offensively, I thought we were able to put pressure on them,” Yarborough said. “We did a really good job of executing the small game, also.”

Early lead
   Grenada scored two runs on a pair of hits. South Panola had a couple of errors in the frame.
   Brandon Williams opened the inning reaching on an error and ended up at second base. He scored when Ethan Burke’s sacrifice bunt was thrown down the  right field line. Burke ended up on third and scored on Jay Redditt’s single.
   The Chargers took the lead back in the bottom of the third with five runs. Williams opened the frame reaching on an error. He advanced and went to second on a balk. Burke’s single plated Williams. Redditt followed with a hit to send Burke home. Bradley Sanford singled in Redditt and Will Jordan to give Grenada a 6-5 lead. Reiv Wood reached on fielder’s choice allowing a run to score, making it 7-5.
   The Chargers increased the lead to 9-5 with a two-run double from Josh Greer. GHS added a run in the fifth inning when Dillon Hill was hit by the pitch and scored on Williams’ single.
   Greer doubled in two more runs in sixth making in 12-5. The final run of the contest took place when Greer scored on an error.
   Shelby Craddock was the winning pitcher going the distance. He allowed five hits while walking two and striking out eight.
   “I thought it was one of Shelby’s better outings,” Yarborough said. “He did a much better job of pitching with two strikes.”
   Grenada was scheduled to play Cleveland today. The Chargers close the regular season at Tupelo Christian Prep School Monday.
   The Chargers will be in the Play-In round of the Class 6A Playoffs April 24. GHS will host Warren Central in game one. The second and possible third games will be held in Vicksburg the following day.
   The winner of the series advances to the next round against NW Rankin.

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