Thursday, April 13, 2006
Indians get big district win over ’Cats
By CLAUDE VINSON
With the current hardball season grinding down and playoff possibilities on the line, the Byhalia Indians hosted the Wildcats of Independence last Thursday and took sole possession of third place in 3-3A with a 10-7 victory.
The records for both teams were fairly even at the beginning of the contest with Byhalia having a slight edge at 6-9. The Wildcats were 6-10.
Dean Miller, a sophomore southpaw, was sent to the mound for the home team. He was slow warming up and gave up a single to M. Thomas after a two count. The throw to first was low. The next batter was cut off before he made it to first. K. Phillips stroked a single to center and scored a pair for the Wildcats.
The second out came on a pop fly to short. The Wildcats were shut down when the first bagger, Cody Wiley, speared a line drive hit.
D. Johnson, on the mound for the Wildcats, faced leadoff man Dee Moore, who walked. Brandon Byars singled. Bubba Thomas bunted and beat the throw to first, and Moore scored.
The Indians, who trailed 3-1 after two innings, held the Wildcats scoreless for the next two innings.
In the bottom of the second, Indian third bagger Chris Hill, turned an unusual double play alone. He first tagged a runner trying to steal third and then crossed the field to make a tag on a runner trying to steal second.
His coach, Bubba Brown, said that over two decades of coaching baseball he had never witnessed such a play.
The Indians took over the game in the third. Moore went to base on balls. Michael Gant took his base after being nicked by the Wildcat pitcher.
Montrell Hardaway batted in one and sent the other to second. The Indians then loaded the bases on a Chris Hill’s walk. Another sacrifice fly to center by Wiley scored the tying run. Then Jeremy Lucas drove in two more with a doiuble to put the Indians up 5-3 before the side was retired.
The Indians again held the Wildcats scoreless.
They were battering Johnson pretty good when the Wildcats coach made a change, replacing Johnson with L. Jackson.
The Indians were up 8-3 after four. Moore doubled; Byars singled; Gant tripled for two runs-batted-in; and Hardaway doubled for one RBI.
The Indians later made some errors which allowed the Wildcats to pull within one run, 8-7, after the Indians went scoreless in the fifth.
The Indians got their equilibrium back and scored a pair in the bottom of the sixth. Lucas had a single and two RBIs.
Miller walked three and and struck out seven, going the distance to pick up the win.
Pitchers from both teams gave up multiple hits.
The Indians will probably enter the 3A playoffs in the third spot.
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