Indians start 1-1 in district play
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Indians opened district diamond competition with a win last week.
The Indians invaded Charleston and captured an 11-2 victory. It was their first win of the season after four losses to tough non-district opponents to start the year.
Michael Gant carried the big stick. The sophomore connected for his first homerun and Byhalia’s first of the young season. The homer came in the fourth inning. He also added singles in the second and fourth innings.
Other top hitters for the Indians included Marcus Thomas with two singles, Cordarrel Sanders with a double and Brandon Byars with a double. Adding singles were Demarius Moore, Chris Hill, Cody Wiley and Jeremy Lucas.
Byars earned the pitching win. He faced 26 batters in six innings and struck out six.
Dean Miller picked up the save. He fanned all three Charleston batters he faced in the seventh.
Byhalia vs. Water Valley
The Indians remained in district play Friday at home and dropped an 8-5 decision to Water Valley, expected to be one of North Mississippi’s top teams.
Byhalia fought back in the seventh. They scored two runs in the final inning and left the bases loaded.
Several Indians singled in the contest – Sanders, Byars, Montrell Hardaway, Lucas and Miller.
The Indians trailed 4-0 after the first inning.
Miller took the mound loss. He faced 31 batters and struck out five.
Byhalia vs. H.W. Byers
Coach Bubba Brown’s Byhalia team wrapped up the week with a 13-3 victory over Marshall County rival H.W. Byers on Saturday.
Hardaway led the bat attack with a double and two singles. He also had four runs-batted-in.
Gant added a double and a single, while Sanders slapped two singles and crossed the plate three times.
Leadoff man Moore had a single. He also scored three of his team’s 13 runs.
Also slapping singles in the 10-run win were Byars, Wiley, Lucas and Justin Smith.
Hardaway recorded the pitching victory. He faced 22 batters in the five-inning game and struck out seven.
Victoren Hooker took the mound loss for Byers, which was coming off a big 12-5 district win over Belmont on Thursday. T.W. Bryson pitched in relief.
The Byhalia Indians (2-5 overall and 1-1 in district) were scheduled to visit Independence on Tuesday of this week.
Wednesday, they play at 3 p.m. in the New Albany Tournament. Friday, the Byhalia Indians host Charleston at 4 p.m., and Saturday they go to Hickory Flat for a noon matchup.
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