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Wilkes’ walk-off HR lifts Minden over Southwood, 5-4

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(Blake Branch/Press-Herald) Minden senior Hunter WIlkes is mobbed by teammates at home plate following their walk-off home run in Tuesday’s opening-night game versus Southwood.

Minden senior Hunter Wilkes went to the dish in search of a base hit, nonetheless he found much, additional.

The senior third-baseman made up for a bumpy outing on the mound by simply blasting an opposite-field home run towards the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday nights at Griffith Stadium to along Southwood 5-4.

Minden (1-0) had trailed most of the night before eventually coming alive in the bottom in the fifth inning to take?a 4-3 lead over the Cowboys. Southwood was able to strike for just one run in the top of the location to tie the credit score at 4-all, sending the game in extras after the Tide surfaced empty in the seventh.

Minden jr John Volentine (1-0), who pitched very well in a long relief visual appeal, sat down Southwood in order during the top of the eight, setting takes place for Wilke’s memorable mash.

“I just wanted to get on base, hit one thing to the right side,” Wilkes mentioned. “He gave me the pitch to kick or punch; I don’t know, I can’t believe it.”

Trailing 3-0 towards the end of the fifth, Minden got details started with a Volentine bunt single along with a Jaryn Lindsay double down the kept field line, placing wearers at second and 3rd. Volentine came around to score at a sac fly by Breylan Kemp.

Cameron Dollar, who actually had an outstanding double have fun with the fifth-inning on a fly ball that saw him nail a runner at the plate, came up next in addition to skied a ball to third bottom. Fortunately for Minden, the Southwood lastly baseman lost track of the tennis ball and it fell to the ground.

Minden’s Jalien Moore meant it was hurt with a double that will right center scoring Lindsay, then Wilkes singled up the middle to attain both Dollar and Moore, adding Minden in front 4-3 and setting occurs for his late-inning heroics.

(Blake Branch/Press-Herald) Minden’s John Volentine tossed 5 solid innings for relief Tuesday for the Red Tide to earn the succeed.

It was the first regular time of year win as head mentor for Minden’s Ben Bower who has bought out for Dean Francis, now the Minden High Sports Director.

While Bower was pleased to win, he knows his Tiders have improved baseball in them than what they will showed Tuesday.

“We let them be in it, and give (Southwood) credit mainly because they played well,” Bower reported. “We continued to do crazy products. When the pressure is about, we made some conclusions we wouldn’t normally make.

“John Volentine appeared to be excellent. We made a few blunders defensively behind Hunter (Wilkes), and he didn’t have command of all a few pitches. I wasn’t going to leave him out there straight down 3 runs, and thankfully I didn’t because it worked out.”

As for getting his and the team’s to begin with win out of the way?

“It feels good,Half inch Bower said. “Glad to get that aside, so we can look forward to some better baseball, because we’ve been better than what we showed.”

Wilkes finished 3-4 with 3 RBIs to lead Minden, accompanied by Moore who went 1-4 with a ambigu and RBI. Lindsay doubled to get Minden, while Rodney Johnson and Connor Davis added in singles to round out the offense.

Wilkes pitched the first A few innings, giving up 3 hits together with striking out two hitters before giving way to Volentine to your final 5 innings; he minted out three batters in addition to allowed just one hit and the other run.

Minden is scheduled being back in action Thursday while in the North DeSoto tournament, pending weather conditions. The Tide will take in Bossier in Bossier Feb. 27 well before returning to Griffith Stadium Feb. 31 at 6 p.l. against the Byrd Yellow Jackets.

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