Thursday, March 15, 2007
Indians drop district games to Tigers, Devils
By BARRY BURLESON
A rugged early season schedule has saddled the Byhalia Indian baseball team with a 2-9 mark.
“We’ve been playing 4A and 5A schools,” coach Bubba Brown said. “Hopefully it will pay off down the road. We’ve been playing good baseball; we just can’t put it all together at one time.”
Byhalia’s wins came over Lewisburg and Strayhorn.
The Indians dropped its first two district games last week – 4-3 to Charleston and 10-3 to Water Valley.
Dean Miller struck out eight Tigers but took the loss versus Charleston at home Tuesday, March 6.
The visitors rallied from a 3-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth off four singles and one Indian error. The game was called after five innings due to darkness. The Byhalia field has no lights.
“Daylight Saving Time will help us out,” Brown said. “That was a tough loss.”
Demarious Moore had an inside-the-park home run for Byhalia. Also getting one hit each were Cody Wiley, Montrell Hardaway and Miller.
The Indians had just four hits Friday in the seven-run loss to Water Valley. Hardaway’s double led the four-hit effort on offense.
Miller took the mound loss versus the Blue Devils.
On Saturday, Byhalia dropped a non-division contest by the same score, 10-3, to Ripley.
Hardaway slapped two singles. Miller and Wiley each had a double. Byhalia had six hits.
Hardaway got the loss from “the hill.”
“Once again, defense was our downfall,” Coach Brown said.
The Indians played in the Alcorn County Tournament earlier this week – facing Smithville Monday and both Kossuth and Corinth on Tuesday.
Next Tuesday, March 20, Byhalia returns to district play by hosting Independence. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m.
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