Thursday, April 20, 2005

Indians returning to state playoffs
• First round starts Thursday


Coach Bubba Brown’s Byhalia Indians are state playoff bound for the second straight season.

The Indians wrapped up regular season play last week with a win over Ripley and a doubleheader loss to Corinth. They’re 11-8 overall and 6-4 in the division.

The baseball playoffs start Thursday, and the team the Indians will face in the first round had not yet been determined on Monday of this week.

Advancing from Region 1-3A will be Byhalia, Kossuth, North Pontotoc and Corinth.

Justin Rose blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Indians a dramatic 4-2 win over Ripley at home on Wednesday of last week.

“It was a barnburner,” Coach Brown said. “It seems like we had a lot of those all year long.”

Corey Parker was the winning pitcher. He struck out 10 Tigers.

Getting a single each for Byhalia were Dee Moore, Parker, Courtney Hardaway, Corey Deberry and Jeremy Lucas.

The Indians then invaded Corinth Friday – to first finish a game suspended by darkness at Byhalia earlier in the season and then to play a full game. They lost both – 12-10 and 13-3.

Coach Brown said his team had multiple hits in game one, which lasted 13 innings, and then “did not play well” in game two.

He released batting averages for the end of the regular season – Moore, .318; Parker, .246; C. Hardaway, .472; Deberry, .453; Rose, .222; Tyson McAlexander, .264; Montrell Hardaway, .323; Lucas, .364; and Brandon Byers, .176.

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