Thursday, March 22, 2007
drop three in tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Indians went winless in the Daily Corinthian Diamond Classic early last week in Alcorn County but head coach Bubba Brown saw improvement.
Byhalia lost to Smithville Monday, March 12, and to Kossuth and Corinth Tuesday, March 13. Those three tournament contests wrapped up five games in five days for the Indians.
“We’re a little tired,” Brown said. “We need to get some rest and get ready to go again (next up was a district contest Tuesday of this week at home versus Independence).
“We faced some good pitching in the tournament. Teams are throwing their best folks against us.
“We’re improving every day.”
Hitting was the problem in game one of the tournament as Byhalia dropped a 5-1 decision to Smithville.
The Indians had just two hits – singles from Chris Hill and Montrell Hardaway.
Hill took the mound loss. He struck out four.
“We just didn’t hit the baseball,” Coach Brown said. “The defense played well.”
Byhalia took an early two-run lead over Kossuth but couldn’t hang on. The Aggies used the home run to rally for the 8-3 win.
“The difference in the game was they hit two home runs on us late, a three-run and a one-run,” Brown said.
Dean Miller “pitched well” for the Indians, his coach said. He struck out eight in the loss.
Getting a hit each for Byhalia were Hill, M. Hardaway, Lamarcus Hardaway, Cordarryl Sanders and Andrew Brown.
“Kossuth has a good ball club,” Brown said. “We played real tight ball with them until the later innings.”
The Indians closed the tournament with an 8-2 loss to Corinth.
Demarious Moore, who recorded the loss from the mound, was the top hitter for Byhalia. He had two hits. Getting one hit each were M. Hardaway and Brown.
Corinth scored all of its runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
The Indians play at Charleston Friday at 4 p.m. and at South Panola Saturday at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Byhalia visits Senatobia at 4 p.m.
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