Winona dropped two baseball games at a three team round-robin tournament hosted by the Tigers last Saturday. Winona was defeated by Water Valley 10-6 and Winston Academy 9-3.
Coach Mark Austin said the Tigers need to improve in all aspects. “We're not fundamentally sound.”
Water Valley broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the sixth and added two more in the seventh. Winona scored three times in the bottom of the seventh on a run scoring double by Jon Reuben Chesteen and a two-run single by Austin Winters, but the rally came up short.
Hagan Ware had two singles and scored twice and Steven Mann had a double, drove in a run and scored one.
Winona took a 1-0 lead against Winston Academy in the bottom of the first when Mitch Stewart walked and scored on an error. But Winston Academy scored the next nine runs.
The Tigers scored twice in the seventh, the big hit being a double by Chesteen, but two base running mistakes prevented a larger rally. “We have to get better at running the bases,” Austin said.
“Our two-strike approach was better in this game as opposed to the first game against Water Valley. We hit some balls hard.”
Brian Woodward had a single and double and drove in three runs for Winston Academy.
In the day's other varsity game, Winona Christian remained unbeaten, scoring 11 runs in the first inning on its way to a 13-6 victory over Water Valley.
Winona has road games with Calhoun Academy Friday and Nanih Waiya Saturday.
Rain continues to be a problem for the Winona softball team. Scheduled game with Riverside and Shannon during spring break week were washed out. Coach Steven Helms said an attempt will be made to reschedule both games.
The Lady Tigers did scrimmage during the week with some members of the school's baseball team.
Winona played Raleigh Tuesday and has a home game Thursday with Bruce