Toppers split with Tigers

Houston's Quon Brand takes a cut and makes the connection in a previous game this season. (Photo by Lisa Voyles)

Houston’s Quon Brand takes a cut and makes the connection in a previous game this season.
(Photo by Lisa Voyles)

HOUSTON – The Hilltoppers split division games last week with Louisville and took a healthy win over Starkville on their way into tournament action over spring break.

March 5 saw the Toppers head to Louisville a day earlier than scheduled to try to work in a division game before the rains came in. The Tigers posted a run in the first inning and the Topper matched it to tie in the second. Houston went head in the top of the fifth, 2-1, but the Tigers had a big five-run inning to retake the lead.

Houston battled back in the top of the sixth closing the gap to 6-5, but the Tigers added two more in the bottom of the frame and held off the Houston boys for the 8-5 win.

Peyton Callahan and Austin Burdine each had a double and Sharone Wright had a triple in the effort.

In a rematch March 8, the tide turned in the Toppers direction with Houston drawing first blood and two runs in the second and fourth inning then adding another in the fifth for a 5-0 shutout.

Kyle Wilson got the win on the hill while Kody Kimbrough and Denver McQuary had a double each.

The win put the Hilltoppers at 6-1 on the season and 1-1 in league play.

The Houston boys wrapped up their week in Starkville where they dealt the Yellowjackets a 3-1 defeat.

The Toppers scored in the top of the second and the Yellowjackets tied it in the bottom of the fifth, forcing an extra inning. The eighth inning proved beneficial to the Toppers as they scored two runs and held off the Yellowjackets for the win.

Austin Burdine pitched six innings and Sharone Wright came in for two to clinch the win.

Blake Johns had a double in the effort while Kimbrough and Wright each got an RBI.

The Hilltoppers won’t have any downtime over spring break as they headed to Northeast, ICC and Saltillo for tournament action this week.

They will be back in division play March 19 hosting Kosciusko.

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