Congratulations Trojans On A Great Season
The Magee Trojans have fought, battled, been forced to play five games in a six day period, and gave every last drop of effort this past week. The Trojans have had a rough run with scheduling throughout the playoffs, but have found a way to win every step of the way. It took an act of nature and poor scheduling by the MHSAA to bring a stop to this magical run. In the series against North Pontotoc, Magee was highly restricted on who was available to pitch, as the top three of the Trojans rotation were unavailable due to pitch count and the number of days required between outings after reaching a certain number of pitcher. Unfortunately, due to some serious scheduling errors that favored the teams that did not deal with weather issues, the days rest just weren't there for the weary Trojans.
The Magee offense was held in check throughout the game by James McGregor, who kept the Trojans off balance throughout the night. Seth Russell had the only two hits for the Trojans, as he went 2-3 with a single and a double to drive in the teams loan run. On the mound for Magee, Brennon McNair fought, battled, and scraped his way through a gutsy performance going 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (only three were earned runs) while striking out four and walking three. Chandler Pittman threw 2/3 innings of relief and allowed two hits and three runs (none earned) with no walks or strikeouts.
The Vikings were led offensively by Ty Roberson, Hayes Malone, and Hence Hooper who each had two hits. North Pontotoc scored a run in the first on single to center by Corley Hooper, that was over ran by Pittman, allowing Ethan Dyer to score. The Vikings added two more runs in the second on an error by Adam May as short that allowed Bo Howell and H. Hooper to score. McNair settled in and tossed three straight scoreless innings, holding the score at 3-0 and giving his offense a chance to figure things out. Unfortunately, McGregor continued to stifle the Magee offense while working very economically on the mound throwing nearly half of the pitches thrown by McNair in the game. In the top of the sixth, the Vikings tacked on another run; after a leadoff double by Howell, Malone laid down a bunt single that was fielded cleanly by McNair but Malone hustled out a single and appeared to run inside the base path as he collided with Josh Sanders covering the bag, allowing Howell to score. North Pontotoc busted the game open in the top of the seventh as they pulled away with five runs in the inning. Roberson doubled over Zack Teater's head in right, allowing C. Hooper to move to third. H. Hooper drove in C. Hooper with a grounder to May at short. Braxton Sudduth followed with an RBI single to center. Howell reached on an error by Russell at third that scored Sudduth. Dyer knocked in the final 2-RBI single that scored Sheffield Anthony and Howell. Magee's lone run came in the bottom of the seventh after pinch hitter, Luke West, was hit by a pitch and lifted for pinch runner Thomas Smith. Smith was driven in by Russell's two out double, before Cayden Bridges flew out to short to end the game.
To Magee's Seniors; Zack Teater, Timon Kennedy, Luke West, Thomas Smith, and Caleb Brown you have laid the groundwork for a fantastic baseball program that will only continue to grow. You provided so much magic and effort for the fans and parents all season long and have overcame every obstacle that was put in your way through teamwork and believing in each other. You and the rest of the Trojans have nothing to hang your heads about and have made the city of Magee proud! Thank you for a magical season, here's to a return trip to State next season! Trojans, Fight on!