Thursday, March 22, 2007
enjoy perfect spring break
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots had plenty of fun spring break week.
They went 6-0 on the baseball diamond and upped their season mark to 11-1.
“It was a very good spring break,” coach Jimmy Hicks said. “A lot of the guys are stepping up and contributing. I’m proud of them.”
MA opened the week by winning three games in the Delta Tournament – the first being a 17-2 shellacking of Marvell.
The Patriots used a 10-run fourth inning to snatch the victory.
Tyler Sanders was the top man at the plate. He had three hits, one run-batted-in and a stolen base. Seth Milliorn had two hits, including a home run, two RBIs and a stolen base. Chase Samples also added two hits and two RBIs.
Getting one hit and two RBIs each were Hunter Bolden, Justin Gray and Bo Bonds. Bonds also had three stolen bases and Bolden one. Caleb Byrd had two stolen bases.
Will Patton was the winning pitcher. Bolden tossed one inning of relief.
The next win was just as easy. The Patriots destroyed Tunica 16-4, thanks in large part to eight runs in the fourth inning.
Milliorn and Samples carried the hot bats. Milliorn slapped three hits for five RBIs, plus he stole a base. Samples also had three hits, including a two-run homer.
Other leading Patriots at the plate were Tyler Childers, two hits, three RBIs and two stolen bases; Gray, two hits and two RBIs; and Jake Paylor, a double and an RBI.
Shane Campbell earned the mound win for Marshall.
It was a pitcher’s duel in the Patriots’ third game of the tournament with MA pulling out the 2-0 win over Strider.
Jimmy Palmer threw seven innings to get the win. He struck out 11 and gave up just two hits.
“They (Strider) had a left-handed pitcher who was very good,” coach Jimmy Hicks said. “He’s the best pitcher we’ve faced.”
Marshall had just three hits – two from Childers and one from Milliorn. Childers had a double and a triple and scored both runs. He had one stolen base. Milliorn had a double, an RBI and one stolen base.
The Patriots then hosted their own tournament Thursday and picked up two more victories.
Milliorn hit for the cycle in MA’s 15-3 victory over University Christian.
He was four of five from the batter’s box with a grand slam to end the game and eight RIBs. He also had a stolen base.
Sanders added three RIBs and Bolden had two hits.
Getting one hit each in the 12-run win were Childers, Samples, Mitchell Cartwright, Palmer and Bonds.
Campbell threw five innings from “the hill” and got the win. Bolden pitched one inning in relief.
The Patriots faced an unfamiliar challenge Thursday night - coming from behind. They rallied from a 4-0 deficit and knocked off a talented Benton Academy team 9-5.
“We gave up four runs in the first inning, but none of them were earned,” Coach Hicks said. “We made some errors that got us in a hole, but we fought back.”
MA scored one in the first, two in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth. Benton’s only other run came in the fifth.
Patton, a ninth grader, threw 102 pitches and kept his mound record perfect on the season.
“He struck out six and did an outstanding job,” Hicks said.
The hits were once again plentiful for the Patriots.
Contributing were Childers, two of four with a two-run homer in the fourth and one stolen base; Bolden, two of four with an RBI and a stolen base; Milliorn, two of four with two RIBs and two stolen bases; Cartwright, two of four, one triple, with an RBI and a stolen base; Bonds, two hits with three RIBs; and Sanders with one hit and three stolen bases.
“It was the best team we’ve played all year,” Coach Hicks said. “Benton has a good ball club. My guys are swinging the sticks well. We’re averaging about 13 hits a game.”
Marshall then wrapped up spring break Saturday with an easy 15-0 win over Tupelo Christian.
Bolden earned the mound win with five strikeouts and one walk.
Gray had two hits and an RBI. Byrd had one hit and three RIBs. Will Thomas had one hit and an RBI. Jake Omedeo had an RBI, and Paylor added a hit.
The Patriots were scheduled to host Bishop Byrne Tuesday. They got to West Memphis Christian Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and to North Delta Friday at 4 p.m. Next Tuesday, March 27, MA plays at district foe Lee (Ark.) at 3:30 p.m.
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