Edwards tosses 3-hitter as Ben’s Ford gets opening playoff win

Published 10:44 am Friday, April 19, 2013

Ben’s Ford Christian School pitcher Cole Edwards was tough on the mound and Brian Hines had a good day at the plate in a 5-1 playoff victory over the Newton Academy Generals on the road Tuesday.

Edwards threw a complete game three-hitter, while throwing 80 pitches. He struck out seven and did not walk anyone.

Hines finished 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Eagles’ coach Jerod Wascom said his team played loose.

“Cole pitched lights out; the defense didn’t commit an error,” Wascom said. “We had a good approach at the plate for the most part. The kids got the big hits when we needed them. It was a big win for us.”

Ben’s Ford left a runner on base in every inning.

They stranded one on base in each of the first six innings and two during the seventh.

Shelby Culpepper and Garrett Pounds both recorded two hits, while Destin Pittman and Josh Crain finished with one each.

Tuesday’s game began a best-of-three series in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class A playoffs.

Ben’s Ford scored a run in the first-and-third innings before adding two more in the fifth and another in the seventh.

The clubs resumed their series with yesterday, and Ben’s Ford won, 4-2, advancing to round 2. More details in Sunday’s newspaper.