Thursday, April 27, 2006
Patriots finish 13-8
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy wrapped up its baseball season last week by winning three of four games.
The Patriots, in coach Jimmy Hicks’ third season at the helm, finished 13-8 overall and 5-7 in the district. That’s a vast improvement over just two wins a year ago, none against district foes.
“It was a lot better than last year,” Hicks said. “I saw a lot of improvement, and I’m proud of this team.”
MA opened the week with a 2-0, extra-inning victory over Kirk Academy at Grenada.
Hunter Bolden led off the top of the eighth with a walk, and he stole second. A double by John David Sanders scored Bolden.
“J.D. beat Kirk the first time we played them with a big hit in extra innings,” Hicks said.
Thomas Rodgers then singled in the eighth to score J.D. Sanders and put the Patriots up 2-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, Rodgers faced just four batters and preserved the shutout. The senior threw a complete game, one hitter. He struck out three.
“He pitched a great game, and we played some good defense,” Hicks said.
The lone Kirk hit came in the first inning, one Hicks called a “seeing-eye” single up the middle.”
“Thomas (Rodgers) came about as close to a no-hitter as you can get,” he said.
Tyler Childers was two of three with a double, Rodgers two of four, J.D. Sanders one of four with a double, Tyler Sanders one of three, and Bo Bonds one of three with a double.
Tuesday, Bolden slapped three hits and earned the mound win as Marshall Academy knocked off North Delta 10-3.
One of Bolden’s hits was a double. He threw a complete game, giving up four hits and striking out seven.
Getting two hits each in the seven-run road victory were Childers, Rodgers, T. Sanders and Bonds. Rodgers and T. Sanders each had a double. Caleb Byrd and Jake Omedeo had one hit each, Byrd’s being a bases-loaded double.
The Patriots hosted playoff-bound Bayou Academy Friday for a twinbill.
In game one, the Colts rolled to the 13-1 victory.
Rodgers was the losing pitcher, moving his record to 4-3 for the season.
From the plate, Rodgers had a double and Childers a single.
Marshall bounced back in game two to close the season with an impressive 11-1 victory over Bayou.
Bolden earned the mound win, going to 6-1 for the season. He tossed a one hitter in the shortened, five-inning contest, and struck out five.
Eighth grader Childers was two of three with a two-run homer. Tyler Sanders was also two of three with a three-run homer. Sanders had four runs-batted-in for the game.
Also getting two hits each were Hunter Bolden, one a double, and J.D. Sanders.
Adding one hit each were Rodgers, Byrd, Omedeo and Bonds. Byrd also had two stolen bases.
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