Thursday, April 27, 2006
Indians eliminated in round one
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia ran into a couple of buzz saws during its third straight trip to the Class 3A state baseball playoffs.
The Indians played just eight innings of baseball last week in two games at Water Valley – losing 12-2 to Booneville in a game shortened by the 10-run rule after five innings and 17-2 to the host school in a contest shortened by the 15-run rule after three innings.
Dean Miller took the mound loss in the first game on Thursday. He was relieved the last two innings by Dee Moore.
The Indians scored one run in the first. Moore walked, stole second and third, and then came home on an error by the Booneville catcher.
In the fourth, Michael Gant walked and moved to second on Montrell Hardaway’s ground out. Gant stole third and then scored on another ball that got by the catcher.
Brandon Byars, trying to bounce back from an injury to his hand on Thursday, suffered the mound setback in Byhalia’s second game of the four-team tournament on Friday. He was relieved in the first inning by Miller, who finished the three-inning contest.
In the first inning, Byars singled from the plate and stole second, but was left stranded.
Byhalia’s Jeremy Lucas connected for a solo home run in the second inning.
In the third, Moore walked, and Byars singled. Gant later hit a grounder to second that scored Moore.
Coach Bubba Brown’s young team featured just one senior, Lucas. The starting lineup included six sophomores.
Water Valley advanced to the next round, beating Booneville twice on Saturday. The other school competing in the four-team, first-round tournament was Corinth.
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