Hot bats for Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers bats were on fire last week and that’s just fine with coach Scott Gann.
“We are seeing the ball really well at the plate right now and this past week showed it,” Gann said. “Justin Kimbrough has really come on the past few weeks… Garrison Howell is leading the charge for us at the top of the lineup. Austin Burdine is another that comes to mind when talking about hitting.”
And they hit and hit and hit last week, taking two wins over Noxubee County at 17-0 each and coming from behind at Oxford Saturday to get a 16-15 win.
“Saturday was crazy,” Gann said. “We got down 8-0 in the first two innings and had to fight back to take the lead. Then it was just back-and-forth through all 21 outs from both teams.”
Gann was pleased with the win over the 5A Chargers.
“Our guys just kept chipping away at that deficit and things kind of went our way,” Gann said.
Clay Hillhouse and Wes Parker both went 3-5 against Oxford while Kimbrough had three RBI. Burdine, Hillhouse and Howell all had two RBI in the game and Hillhouse picked up the win on the hill.
Hillhouse and Parker went 2-3 against Noxubee County March 28 and Burdine, Hillhouse and Kimbrough all had doubles. Hillhouse and Reid Carter had two RBI each and Parker had three RBI. Burdine was tagged with the win.
More district play in the works
The Toppers won’t have any downtime this week or in the next few coming as district play is underway full strength. They have two games with Caledonia scheduled for this week, traveling Tuesday and hosting Friday.
They will host Oxford and Belmont Saturday and enter another week of district play in Kosciusko April 8.
“We are hitting that stretch run to finish the season out with only three full weeks left,” Gann said. “Caledonia will be a tough opponent this week, then Oxford and Belmont on Saturday. We’ve definitely got our hands full.”
He also encouraged supporters to take advantage of the spring weather to show the Toppers some love.
“Hopefully with warmer temps we’ll get some more fans showing up,” Gann said. “Our kids appreciate those rowdy crowds that we’ve come to expect this time of year at Topper field. The next three weeks are gonna be exciting.”
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