Thursday, March 17, 2005

Patriots begin season 2-2


Marshall Academy got off to a 2-2 start on the baseball field this season.

The Patriots, coached by Jimmy Hicks, opened the campaign on February 22 with a 14-2 home victory over Rossville, Tenn.

Devin Riley struck out 11 from “the hill” and picked up the pitching victory.

Leading hitters in the five-inning contest were Thomas Rodgers, who was three of four with a double and two singles, and Blake Work, who had two singles.

Marshall Academy followed that big win with a 4-0 victory at home over West Memphis on February 25.

Boyce Hollingsworth was the winning pitcher. He fanned 10.

Hollingsworth also sparked the offense. He was three of three, all singles.

The Patriots, who scored two runs in the first and two more in the third, had six hits.

The next two games shifted in the other direction.

Marshall Academy hosted district favorite Lee Academy (Clarksdale) on March 1 and dropped a 19-6 decision.

The Patriots had just five hits. Riley took the loss from the mound.

“We had seven errors, and they hit the ball well,” Hicks said. “They’re a strong club – the best in our league.”

Marshall invaded the home of another district foe, Carroll Academy, on March 5 and returned to Holly Springs with a 10-0 setback.

The Patriots again experienced troubles on offense, getting only two hits.

Hollingsworth was the losing pitcher.

“We’re struggling at the plate and making too many errors,” Hicks said. “We have a lot of young guys, and we’re trying to find the right combination.

“We’ve got potential. We’re starting from scratch.”

Hicks lost six starters off of last season’s Marshall Academy team.

The Patriots last week were slated to play North Delta, DeSoto and Bayou. Results of those three games were not available. Marshall visits Rossville next Mon., March 21, at 4 p.m. and hosts Indianola next Tuesday, March 22, at 4 p.m.

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