Louisville Wildcats pound out a trio of wins

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

Momentum is a good thing, especially when it’s on your side.

That’s exactly what the Louisville High School baseball team is
feeling headed into this week after taking a trio of solid wins last
week.

They needed it going into a key doubleheader at league foe Leake
Central on Tuesday. The Wildcats were supposed to play a single game
at Leake on Tuesday night and then host the Gators on Friday, but the
concern of inclement weather led to the Friday game being moved to a
part of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

The ‘Cats are still expected to visit Starkville at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“We are getting down to the last two weeks of it and it’s good to
pick up a little momentum,” said LHS head coach Hayden Cox.

That momentum got started last Monday when Ross Barnett posted an
outstanding pitching effort to lead the ‘Cats to an 8-1 road win over
Ackerman.

“He just gave a good, solid gutty performance,” Cox said of Barnett’s
outing. A.J. Triplett cracked a three-run homer for the winners,
while Matthew Matzek delivered a clutch two-out single.

“It was our most solid game of the year in all three phases,” Cox said.

On Tuesday Dylan Nicholson struck out seven in three innings to lead
the Wildcats to a 13-1 road win over league foe Noxubee County.
Dalton Hudspeth and Triplett had two singles each for the winners.

Wyatt Roberts had a huge game at the plate for Louisville on
Wednesday in its 15-3 run-rule win over Noxubee County at Ivy Park.

The Wildcats held a 6-3 lead after three innings, but picked up one
in the fourth and the exploded for eight in the fifth, including a
walk-off three-run homer by Roberts. He also homered and doubled in
the game.

Hudspeth had three singles and and a bases loaded walk in the game,
while Triplett mashed a double and two singles and drove in four
runs. Justin Cistrunk had a double for LHS in the contest as well,
while Nicholson and Matzek each singled.

Rylee Pearson went the distance to pick up the solid victory on the
mound.