The Tigers had a big second inning, which proved to be the difference as the team held off the Trojans 12-7 for their first win of the season.
Ruleville improved to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in Region 3-3A action. East Side fell to 4-4 overall with an 0-2 mark in the region.
Tavaris Foster picked up the win for Ruleville on the mound, while Jaylen Rodgers got credit for the save. Tyrik Drummond suffered the loss on the hill for East Side.
The Trojans started the game with a 1-0 lead as Ruleville's Dewaun Harris loaded the bases and walked in a run.
The Tigers made a pitching change and replaced Harris with Tavaris Foster who struck out Clifton Shavers, Jr. for the first out but walked the next batter to score another run and give East Side a 2-0 lead. Things turned around for the Tigers as Foster struck out Royce Williams and on the same play Greg Green was caught in a run down at third and was eventually tagged for the third out of the inning.
Shavers started the bottom of the first by striking out Ruleville's lead off batter. After walking Rodgers, Shavers struck out the next batter, but walked Harris and hit the next batter to load the bases. The next pitch from Shavers was wild, and Rodgers scored from third for a 2-1 ball game.
The next batter, Luther Norwood, tagged a hit up the middle, but Drummond dropped the throw to first and Ruleville scored another run to tie the game at 2-2. On the same play a bad throw home allowed another run to score giving Ruleville a 3-2 lead.
Shavers walked another batter and East Side was forced to make a pitching change bringing Drummond to the mound and putting Shavers at first base. Drummond was able to get Markevion Quinn to strike out for the final out of the inning.
The Trojans managed to tie the game at 3-3 off an RBI-single from Drummond in the top of the second, but that was all they could muster in the frame.
Things shifted drastically in the bottom half of the second. Drummond struck out two batters, but walked two. Things went down hill after that as Harris socked a RBI single for a 4-3 game. Drummond walked the next batter to load the bases, and Norwood followed up with a two-run single to increase Ruleville’s lead to 6-3. The Tigers kept their momentum going in the inning as Lahenric Phillip roped a two-run single, and Quinn came directly after him with a RBI single for to make the score 9-3.
The Trojans responded in the top of the third as Konnor Short hit a ground out RBI to score Jeremy Chatman from third for a 9-4 game. Larry Tyler scored later in the inning off a wild pitch to bring the Trojans to a 9-5 game. Alfred Weir was walked and Drummond socked a RBI-double to score drive him in for a 9-6 game, and Drummond eventually scored off a passed ball for a 9-7 game.
That would be as close as the Trojans could get as Ruleville added a run in the third and two runs in the bottom of the fourth off a RBI double from Simeon Bell for a 12-7 game.
East Side had one last chance in the top of the fifth, but could not produce any offense and the umpires called the game due to darkness.
Bell led Ruleville at the plate with a double and two RBIs, followed by Norwood with a single and two RBIs, Phillips with a single and two RBIs, Quinn and Harris with a hit each with an RBI each and Rodgers with a hit.
Drummond led East Side at the plate with two hits including a double and two RBIs, followed by Short with a hit and a RBI and Glenn Williams with a hit.
Ruleville will be back in action Friday against Humphreys County.