Sumrall used a pair of big innings to pick up a road win against Stringer on Friday night.
The Bobcats beat the Red Devils 13-1 in a five-inning mercy-rule contest.
All thirteen of Sumrall's runs were near evenly distributed between two innings — scoring seven runs in the third and six in the fifth. Despite the number of runs scored, the Bobcats managed only five hits to Stringer's three. Yet each hit seemed timely, driving in runs on four of Sumrall's five base hits.
"Any time you can get a hit with runners in scoring position, that's big," said Sumrall head baseball coach Andy Davis. "We didn't have many hits tonight, but when it's crunch time with runners on base, that's when we need hits the most. I'll take those hits [in those situations] any day of the week."
Marshall Phillips, Jaron Goar, Ty Little, and Hayden Barrett scored runs on three doubles and a single in Sumrall’s seven-run third inning.
Despite the small number of hits for such a lopsided win, Sumrall put the ball in play often, forcing a handful of Stringer defensive errors. Those errors led to runs, including the Bobcats' first run of the night.
“Every time I ask about another team, they say they’re hard to strike out,” said Davis. “And I want us to be one of those teams. I want us to be hard to strike out and put pressure on the [opposing] defense.
"Hayes Raner's bunt in the third inning busted things open for us. It put pressure on Stringer, and that's what got us going."
Raner's bunt in the third inning forced an overthrow by Stringer at first-base, which scored Barrett from second base, who led the inning off by drawing a walk. Later in the third, Barrett's two-out double down the left-field line scored Sumrall's seven and final run in the top frame.
Andrew Knight picked up the win on the mound in three complete innings of work. Every out Knight recorded in his three innings of work were on strikeouts. He finished with nine strikeouts and stranded five Stringer base runners.
“Andrew made some big pitches,” said Davis. “It wasn’t his best outing. He hasn’t pitched in a week, but he was a bulldog on the mound. When Stringer got on base, he buckled down and did what he had to do.”
Levi Odom closed the game out on the mound for the Bobcats.
Sumrall (11-2) returns to the diamond next Tuesday night to host Poplarville in the Bobcats’ Region 7-4A opener.
"We're 11-2, but on Saturday, we're 0-0," said Davis. "We open up with Poplarville next week, and they have a solid ball team. We want to come out next week, get our pitchers throwing strikes, and put pressure on them also."