Taylorsville picked up its second win over Petal this season – and fifth straight dating back to 2016 – Friday night at Petal. The Tartars improved to 4-1 on the season with a 13-7 win, helped by an eight-run sixth inning.
For game highlights and a postgame interview with Taylorsville head baseball coach Dusty Hillman click on the link: https://youtu.be/0C1xfmZbBFY
Petal, who won its first game of the season earlier in the day with a 2-1 walk-off win over Long Beach, falls to 1-5.
Following a sluggish first inning, both offensively and defensively, that resulted in a 2-0 Petal lead, Taylorsville began its climb on the scoreboard. Two errors and three walks issued by Petal, mixed in with two Taylorsville singles, gave the Tartars a 3-2 lead in the second.
Taylorsville stayed out in front for the remainder of the game, even as Petal tried to close the gap in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run single by senior Colton Rainey. Rainey’s hit cut Taylorsville’s lead, 5-4.
Senior Raven Arrington led Taylorsville at the plate with three doubles, including a two-run double to left field as part of an eight-run sixth inning. The Meridian signee finished with third RBI. Chandler Cline, Ky Buckley and Keon Bass also recorded multiple hits in the win.
Cline started the game on the mound, giving up two runs on two hits in 2.2 innings of work. Walker Gable, Karson Evans and Ky Buckley proved relief. Gable lasted the longest in his relief efforts, allowing two runs on two hits in 3.1 innings. Cline led in strikeouts with five.
Taylorsville returns to the diamond on Saturday afternoon at Seminary. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.