MOUND BAYOU — Bolivar County’s most storied rivalry was renewed on the baseball diamond as the Broad Street High School Jaguars from Shelby traveled just a mere three miles down the highway to take on the John F. Kennedy Hornets here Monday afternoon.
The two teams had their struggles on the mound pitching wise as they combined for 19 walks and two hit batters.
At the end of the day, JFK got a gutsy performance from senior hurler Cedric Gardner. Gardner walked nine but overcame his struggles as he struck out eight and held the Jaguars to just one run on one hit over 6 1/3 innings to lead the Hornets to a 7-1 win over the Jaguars in Region 3-1A action.
JFK head baseball coach Ken Howard was proud of the performance from his senior hurler.
“He’s always been tough,” Howard said. “He’s been tough like that since he was in seventh grade. It’s almost like he was born with it. He’s been playing ball since he was about five or six. Toughness and leadership have never been his weakness. It’s always been his strength.”
Tyler Fields struck out two and walked a batter in two thirds of an inning to round out the Hornets’ pitching.
Broad Street’s pitchers finished with nine walks and two hit batters while giving up five hits. Broad Street finished the game with just one hit at the plate.
“We understood from the onset that if the pitchers threw strikes consistently, we had a good shot of winning,” Stapleton said. “We were fairly inconsistent at the beginning of the game and through out the game. We have to do a better job of being around the plate more.”
Jaterrance Moore suffered the loss for Broad Street as he gave up two runs on no hits with three walks, three strikeouts and two hit batters over two innings of work. Zi Davis gave up two runs with three walks, while Emanuel Johnson gave up three runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a four inning effort to round out Broad Street’s pitching.
Lamont White led the Hornets at the plate with two hits, a RBI and two runs scored, followed by Daquavis Davis and Gardner with a hit and a run scored each and Fields with a hit and two RBIs.
Daniels led the Jaguars with a triple, followed by Jay Johnson with a RBI and Moore with a run scored.
Both teams came back on Tuesday to win as JFK defeated Coldwater 15-3, while Broad Street defeated Shaw 9-7 in a Region 3-2A contest. JFK’s record is now 7-1 with a 4-1 mark in the region, while Broad Street is now 5-3 with a 3-2 region.
Broad Street will be back in action Thursday when the Jaguars host Broad Street, while JFK will play Shaw on Thursday.