Tigers defeat Landry Walker, intrigue builds with upcoming White Castle clash

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
Jake Harelson

The East Iberville Tigers have done something this year they have not done in at least 15 seasons, according to head coach Moe Pointer, and that is win a district game.  They defeated Southern Lab earlier in March to earn their first district win in many years.

Starting next Monday, the East Iberville Tigers have their sights set on parish rival White Castle High (0-5) in hopes of tacking on a couple more district wins in their 2017 campaign.

In preparation for their upcoming district matchups, the EIHS Tigers hit the road in a non-district tilt against Landry Walker over the weekend and came out on top 12-7.

The Tigers started out strong with four runs in the top of the first inning and blanked the home team.  EIHS tacked on three more runs in the top of the second to take a 7-0 lead, but LW closed the gap a bit with two runs in the bottom of the second.

EIHS and LW each blanked the third, fourth and fifth innings.  The Tiger squad extended their lead a bit more with one run in the top of the sixth followed by four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 12-2 lead.

LW fought hard in the bottom of the seventh, however, in an attempt to close the Tiger lead completely with five runs in the seventh but failed to extend the game to extra innings and give East Iberville their eighth win of the year.

Izack Bailey was the team’s lead hitter with three, followed by Kaylon York with two.  Bailey went 3-3 at the plate with a home run that drew in a pair of runs for EIHS.

Izack also lead in RBIs with four.  Jake Harelson took to the mound in the win and pitched all seven innings.  He racked up 24 first pitch strikes and six strikeouts.  Harelson also went 2-2 at the plate.

EIHS now has their sets set on the finish line and White Castle and St. John stand in their way.  The struggling White Castle squad has yet to win a district matchup this season and was won just one game all year, a perfect opportunity for the Tigers to earn two more district victories according to Pointer.

WCHS will travel to EIHS on Monday, April 10 to begin the first of two district matchups against the Tigers.

Head coach Moe Pointer and his young Tiger squad will look to not finish last in 6-1A for the first time in many years, but they know it won’t be easy.

“We’ve got to be able to go out there and get the outs,” Pointer said.  “They’ll get the ball on the ground, but we’ve got to do what we need to do to win.”