By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The District 15-2A match-up with the Jackson North Side Indians started off ideal for the Millington Trojans.
Hosting the Indians April 12, the Trojans jumped out to a 6-0 lead before recording out. But from that point on, JNS outplayed and outscored Millington.
The Trojans were victorious 6-2 and improved to 3-2 in league play behind the pitching of Noah Graham and defense of players like Dean Karagh. Despite the outcome, Millington Head Coach Zane Adams wanted his team to learn a lesson from the final six inning of the contest.
“It turns out to be real big when you don’t score another run the rest of the game,” he noted. “That’s what I told them, ‘You score 6 runs in the first with no outs. I don’t know what happen the rest of the game.’ I don’t know if it was focus. I told them, ‘You have to stay focused innings one through seven.’”
After Graham and the Trojans shutdown the Indians in the top of the first, Millington’s offense came out hot with Peyton Cochran leading off with a base hit.
After a Jordan Tincher bunt to reach base, Graham singled to load the bases for Aaron Peerey. The senior first baseman delivered in the situation with bases clearing hit to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Trojans.
The next Trojan rally included Noah “JBird” Stevens being hit by a pitch and a Karagh bunt. Josh Groom drove those runners in with a base hit. Millington was ahead 6-0.
Over the next six innings JNS outscored Millington 2-0 and kept the Trojan bats in check.
“In the postgame speech I told them, ‘Guys you had the opportunity to put a team away,’” Adams said. “But we didn’t do it. And now they think they can play with us. And it’s going to be a dog fight tomorrow. We’ve got to go to their place and now they think they can play with us because we didn’t put them away when we had the chance.”
Adams said his Trojans need to stay focused for seven innings and earn the sweep over JNS to stay near the top of the league standings.
“It’s huge,” he concluded. “We have to come out there with a victory tomorrow. To stay in the race we need to win tomorrow.”
JNS pulled off the upset at home the following night.