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Corinth completes rally with 4-run sixth
by H. Lee Smith II
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Gentry’s William Ross had a 4-for-4 night at the plate in Thursday’s Class 4A playoff game with Corinth.

His big out on the bases ended Game One at Jesse Bynum Field.

After Gentry (7-9) got the tying run to the plate with two outs in the seventh, Tanner Maness gunned down Ross trying to steal third and sent Corinth to an 8-5 win in the series opener.

Game Two is set for 4 p.m. today in Indianola. If a Game Three is needed, it will be back in Corinth on Saturday.

The winner will face Division 2 champion Lafayette County in the second round, which is set for Thursday-Saturday next week.

• In other Alcorn County action, Kossuth was leading 19-0 in the top of the second at O’Bannon. That game will conclude today at Kossuth before the teams take the field again in Game Two.

• Corinth’s first lead proved to be the decisive lead. The Warriors (12-10) scored all eight runs over their final three at-bats.

The Division 1-4A runners-up scored four runs in the sixth, all coming with two outs. Noah Hill put CHS up to stay with a two-strike, two-run double after the sixth Gentry error of the night extended the inning.

A pair of wild pitches gave Corinth two more insurance runs and an 8-5 lead entering the top of the seventh.

Hack Smith, who allowed just two earned runs and struck out 11 while going the distance, got the first two batters out on nine pitches. With the rain picking up its pace, the Rams got a single and a walk to bring the tying run to the plate.

Ross tried to swipe third on a 1-1 pitch, but a Maness bullet to Cody Davis ended the contest.

Gentry scored two runs in its initial at-bat and led 3-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth. Corinth, which had just one hit through four, scored twice without a hit, including a double-steal by Austin McClamroch and Kyle Webb.

The Rams got the two runs back in the sixth, but Webb kept the third off the board with an inning-ending throw to the plate from center field.

An error and a two-out single by Quade Reaves, who had two of Corinth’s six hits, pulled the Warriors to within 5-4. Corinth had three hits in the frame, but none of the runs were earned thanks to another error.

Corinth had a chance to for more in the fifth, but Davis -- who had the second consecutive two-out hit in the frame -- was gunned down trying to take second.

Down 5-4 heading to the sixth, Corinth had nobody on with two outs. A hustling infield hit my Kerrigan Maness and another Gentry error set the stage for Hill’s go-ahead two-bagger.

Corinth 8, Gentry 5

Gentry 201 020 0 -- 5 9 6

Corinth 000 224 x -- 8 6 2

WP: Hack Smith. LP: Armond Wyms.

Multiple Hits: (G) William Ross 4, Kameron Spencer 2, Wyms 2. (C) Quade Reaves 2. 2B: (G) Ross, Wynn. (C) Noah Hill.

Records: Gentry 7-9, Corinth 12-10
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