Tupelo's Bentley drives Tigers past Byng in ninth

Byng’s Easton Ray thinks about heading for home and Tupelo third baseman Ty Gould watches from behind during their contest Thursday night at Stokes Field. Tupelo edged Byng 8-6 in nine innings.

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BYNG — Bentley Bills pitched three strong innings in relief for the win and hit a key run-scoring single in the top of the ninth Thursday as the Tupelo Tigers upended the Byng Pirates, 8-6, in an error-plagued contest.

The two teams combined for 12 errors, with Byng finishing with seven.

“They lost a good group of seniors, but anytime you go over there and get a win at Byng it’s a good one,” said Tupelo head coach Clay Weller.

“I was proud of our kids. We have a relatively young group,” he continued. “I liked how we battled back after getting behind a couple of times. We managed to make a few things happen. They gave us a little help and we took advantage of it.”

Bills surrendered just one run off one hit with one walk and three strikeouts over the final three frames. His RBI single in the ninth was the highlight of a three-run uprising for Tupelo, which improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Tigers won despite having just four hits. Ty Bourland went 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and a walk for the winners and teammate Ty Gould was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in and a walk.

Ethan Norfleet started on the mound and was relieved by Blaine Ake in the sixth before Bills took the mound in the seventh.

Collin O’Grady took the loss for Byng, as Nolan Feazle started on the bump and was relieved by Cody Mills in the fifth.

O’Grady went 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and a walk for the Pirates and Feazle finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.

After Tupelo tallied a single run in the top of the first, Byng scored three in the bottom half of that frame, added another score in the second and had a 5-1 advantage through five innings.

But a four-run sixth inning forced extra play. Bourland’s RBI single set the stage. Avery Gould and Seth Foreman each drew a bases-loaded walk in the frame, and Blaine Ake’s sacrifice fly tied it up at 5-5.

In the ninth, the Tigers got their three runs off a James Beach bases-loaded walk, a Gould RBI off a fielder’s choice and Bills’ run-scoring single.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.