NCA faces do-or-die week

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

Newton County Academy split a pair of games with rival Sylva Bay last week, setting up a must-win scenario with Clinton Christian next week.

The Generals beat Sylva Bay 9-3 on Tuesday but then dropped a 4-3 decision to the Saints on Thursday.

The Generals, now 5-13 overall, will travel to Kemper Academy on Monday and will host Meridian Homeschool on Tuesday. The Generals will finish the week out by traveling to Meridian Homeschool on Thursday at Q.V. Sykes Park.

NCA 9, Sylva Bay 3

The Generals used a seven-run third inning, fueled by an Alec Thompson grand slam to take a six-run win in game 1 of the series on Tuesday.

NCA opened the contest with two runs in the second inning and then added seven in the third for their final tally. Sylva Bay scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

NCA had 11 hits in the contest as eight of the nine batters had at least one hit. Thompson led the way, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam, two runs scored and four RBIs. Austin Upton was 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Hayden Wall was 2-for-2 with a double and one RBI. Logan Little and Zach Joyner each had one hit and scored one run with one RBI. Braxton Rose walked twice while he and Sam Mayes each had one hit and scored once.

Rose got the start on the mound, pitching six innings as he gave up two unearned runs on two hits and five walks while striking out eight to pick up the win. Upton pitched one inning and gave up one run on two hits.

Sylva Bay 4, NCA 3

The Saints jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held off a late rally by the Generals to take a one-run win and earn a split with NCA.

Sylva Bay scored single runs in the second and third innings and two in the fourth and led 4-1. NCA scored one in the third and added single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

The Generals had seven hits in the contest but committed four errors. Zach Joyner was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Sam Mayes had an RBI single while Braxton Rose singled and scored. Logan Little, Alec Thompson and Lincoln Jordan also had singles.

Thompson got the start on the mound and pitched four innings as he gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five. Joyner pitched the final two innings and gave up one run and struck out three.