Thursday, March 9, 2006

Patriots start year at 3-1


The Marshall Academy baseball team is off to a 3-1 start, the lone loss being its first district contest of the year at Carroll.

“Carroll is one of the better teams in our league,” said coach Jimmy Hicks.

“It was 1-1 going into the fourth and we made a couple of errors and those always come back to haunt you.”

The Patriots fell 5-1. They were playing without the services of two senior starters. Thomas Rodgers and John David Sanders were in Jackson, participating in Mississippi Private School Association all-star basketball activities.

Tyler Childers went two for three at the plate, with a single and a double.

“In the first inning we had runners on second and third with one out and didn’t score,” Hicks said. “It happened two other times, too.”

Nick Huey took the pitching loss. He threw all seven innings, giving up five hits and striking out eight.

“He pitched a good game,” Hicks said.

In other games, MA has picked up early-season victories over Rossville, Strider and Harding.

The Patriots got two hits each from Childers and Rodgers in an 11-5 victory at home over Rossville, Tenn..

Childers and Rodgers each slapped a double and a single.

Hunter Bolden was the winning pitcher.

J.D. Sanders connected for two hits in the 13-3 win over Strider.

Will Patton earned the victory from the mound.

The Patriots, behind the pitching and hitting of Bolden, defeated Harding Academy from Memphis, Tenn., 5-2 on the home field in Holly Springs.

MA batted around in the first inning and scored four runs. One runner was gunned down at home plate.

Bolden improved his mound mark to 2-0 and also had two hits from the batter’s box, a double and a single.

“Hunter (Bolden) stepped up and played well,” Hicks said.

“We played pretty good defense, too. We did all the little things it takes to win.”

Marshall was scheduled to host North Delta Tuesday in a district contest. The Patriots then go to Strider Thursday and host Bayou Friday in another important district matchup. Game-time Friday for the double-header is 2 p.m.

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