Thursday, April 6, 2006
Patriots beat Kirk in bottom of seventh
By BARRY BURLESON
Jimmy Hicks is a young baseball coach, but the Marshall Academy mentor turned a little older during Friday night’s battle with Kirk.
His Patriots rallied three times in the late innings for a dramatic 10-9 home victory. It was the school’s first district baseball win in two years. MA improved to 8-4 overall and 1-3 in the district.
“I think I added about 10 gray hairs,” Hicks said. “It was a good game to watch.
“It was like a professional boxing match – one punch after another – and thank goodness we got the knockout punch.”
The Patriots, trailing 4-1, scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead. The Raiders tied it in the top of the sixth; then MA went back up 8-6 in the bottom of the inning. Kirk scored three in the top of the seventh to go ahead 9-8.
That set up the nerve-racking finish with a heavy rain starting to fall.
Bo Bonds and John David Sanders came through in the clutch. Bonds had the hit to tie the contest, and then J.D. Sanders provided the game-winning hit. Jake Omedeo also had a key hit “to start things off” in the seventh, Coach Hicks said.
J.D. Sanders was three of four in the game with three singles. He also got the pitching win in relief of Hunter Bolden. J.D. Sanders struck out three and Bolden struck out five.
Omedo was two of threw with two singles.
“I’m proud of Jake (Omedeo),” Hicks said. “He’s just an eighth grader. He had a couple of errors at third base and he could have rolled over. But he made up for with two big hits. He came through at the plate.”
Thomas Rodgers and Hunter Bolden also had a single each in the contest.
“I’m proud of the comeback,” Hicks said. “Our young kids were not intimidated. Hopefully this will get us over the hump (as far as district play).”
MA versus Kirkby, Lee
In other games last week, Marshall upended Kirby High School from Memphis, Tenn., and fell hard at Lee(Clarksdale) in a district matchup.
MA skunked Kirby 13-0 in five innings. Getting two each were J.D. Sanders (a double and a single), Tyler Sanders (two singles) and Tyler Childers (a double and a single). Shane Campbell also added a sing.e
Bolden earned the mound victory. He struck out five in three innings of work. Tossing in relief were J.D. Sanders and Tyler Sanders.
Hicks said his team “didn’t come ready to play” at Lee, and the result was a 12-2 setback.
“We made a lot of errors against one of the better teams in our league,” he said. “It was like we just lazed around.”
J.D. Sanders had two singles. Rodgers, who took the pitching loss, had a double from the plate. Jake Howell also had a single. Tyler Sanders did not play due to sickness.
Junior Varsity/Seventh and Eighth Grades
The junior varsity Patriots recorded a 6-5, come-from-behind victory over Kirk Academy Friday night. Also last week, the Marshall seventh and eighth graders split with MHEA, winning 7-1 and losing 9-4.
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