Corinth claims comeback win with Clark's walk-off grand slam

Dillon Barnes, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo
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Mar. 13—BOONEVILLE — Cole Clark saw the exact pitch he wanted and didn't waste his swing.

Clark took a first pitch offering over the scoreboard for a walk-off grand slam as Corinth clawed back to defeat Mooreville 7-5 in six innings at the Booneville Spring Break Tournament on Friday.

"I tried to tell myself, 'Don't do too much. Don't do too much.' And he threw one in there, and I just happened to groove it," said the senior catcher. "I don't think it gets any better than that — a walk-off grand slam. It's what everybody dreams of."

Corinth (7-1) had squandered a bases-loaded opportunity with a base- running mistake in the bottom of the fifth, down 5-3.

The Warriors chased Mooreville starter J.W. Armistead in the sixth with a leadoff walk.

Then, Corinth loaded the bases with no outs, where Will Crawford inched the Warriors closer with an RBI sacrifice fly and Will Verdung was hit by a pitch to set up Clark's big finish.

"I think that goes to our guys' resiliency of battling at the plate and just trying to extend at-bats, and trying to find a pitch that you can put a barrel on," Corinth head coach Rob Scarbrough said.

Mooreville (5-4) took an early 3-0 in the top of the first with a bases-clearing double from Mason Gillentine. Corinth answered with two runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Verdung and Clark to cut into the lead.

The Troopers extended their lead with a leadoff home run from Jud Files and a sacrifice fly from Mason McMillin in the fifth for a 5-2 advantage.

Corinth freshman Madden Butler picked up the win in relief with two strikeouts in one inning of work.

Extra Bases

Big Inning: Corinth plated five runs on two hits and three free passes in the sixth to come back and win.

Big Stat: Clark was 2 for 4 with 5 RBIs.

Coach Speak: "He got a pitch up, put a barrel to it, and hit it pretty solid." — Scarbrough, on Clark

dillon.barnes@djournal.com