Thursday, March 31, 2005

Byhalia offense ignites for victory over Byers

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Byhalia’s hot bats produced an 11-run victory Saturday afternoon over Marshall County rival H.W. Byers.

“We hit the ball all over the place,” said Bubba Brown, head coach of the Indians. “We had multiple hits.”

The Indians won 14-3 at home, scoring 11 of those runs in the third and fourth innings.

Corey Deberry led the offense with a triple and a single, while Jeremy Lucas had a double and a single, and Corey Parker slapped two singles. Courtney Hardaway and Justin Rose each had a triple, and Tyson McAlexander contributed with a single.

Courtney Hardaway was the winning pitcher. Dean Miller threw in relief.

Top men at the plate for Byers in the loss included Victor Hooker and Brian Pendleton, each with a double, and Cordell Boyce and Tristan Kizer also had hits.

Hooker took the pitching loss. Brandon Stern tossed in relief.

The Class 3A Indians improved to 5-4 overall. They’re 1-2 in their district.

“We’re getting better every day,” Brown said. “We’re playing a tough schedule.”

The Class 1A Lions went to 3-2 overall. They’re 3-1 in their district.

“We didn’t play well at Byhalia,” said Eddie Dixon, head coach at Byers.

“We’re not where I want us to be, but we’re making tremendous progress. We’re still making some freshman and sophomore mistakes. We just need some more games under our belt.”

Also last week, Byhalia picked up its first district win of the season, 4-3 at Ripley on Thursday.

Parker had a strong game on the mound. He struck out 11 Tigers.

Powering the offensive attack were Brandon Byers with two singles, Courtney Hardaway with a solo homer, Lucas with a double, Montrell Hardaway with a single and Rose with a single.

Coach Brown said Courtney Hardaway and Deberry are both hitting .500 for the season.

The Indians made the state playoffs last year and hope to return.

“We’re trying to make it back,” Brown said. “Everything looks promising. We’re third in the district right now (going into a Tuesday of this week home game against Corinth).”

Their narrow district losses were 4-3 to Kossuth and 3-0 to North Pontotoc.

Byhalia goes to Alcorn Central Thursday and hosts Kossuth Friday. Both are important district contests. Saturday, they invade Class 5A Olive Branch. All games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

H.W. Byers, also a playoff team a year ago, was scheduled to visit Hickory Flat Tuesday. They then host West Union Friday, go to Blue Mountain Saturday morning and then return home to host Ashland Saturday evening.

Next Tuesday, April 5, the Lions host Potts Camp.


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