Thursday, March 29, 2007
Lions down Cards in county contest
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byers Lions had 10 hits and registered only four errors as they won their third game of the young season and handed the host Potts Camp Cardinals their third loss.
The Cardinals sent eighth grade hurler Cody Watts to the job first. The first Byers hitter gained first on a passed ball. The next Byers batter made it to first on an error. Devin Moore made it a full boat with a high pop to center. Nichols Tate made it to home on a third base error. Watts then retired the side.
T.W. Bryson was throwing for Byers, the visiting team on Friday. He gave up no hits in the first.
Watts had settled down some in the second and threw a pair of strikeouts before the Lion batters sized him up. Tristan Kizer got a pair of runs-batted-in when he singled a line drive. The glove work of the Cardinals had improved, but it was still a little rusty. Devin Moore drove in another run when he stroked a triple.
Potts Camp made a pitching change, sending in Billy Mitchell to replace Watts. After allowing a fourth run, Mitchell shut down the scoring. However, the Cardinals were held scoreless again and after two complete it was 5-0 in favor of the visitors.
The third and fourth innings saw no runs for Potts Camp, but Byers scored one in the fourth.
The Lions got a double from Brandon Starnes to lead off the fifth. Then they had a dead ball walk and a hit to load the bases. A sacrifice to first sent Lion runners scrambling. Cardinals second bagger, Zach Mayer, killed the try for second. On the next hit by Byers, a wild throw at third allowed two runs. After five completed innings, it was 8-0.
In the top of the sixth, T.W. Bryson sent one over the left field wall (about 330 feet) for a round tripper with no one on. But that put Byers ahead 9-0.
The home team conceded the seventh inning.
The head coach of the Cardinals, Tim Carter, is in his second season and fields a very young team with just two seniors.
Next up for Byers was a game with Belmont Tuesday. The Lions host Thrasher Wednesday at 4 p.m., Baldwyn Friday at 5 p.m. and East Union Saturday at 12 noon. Tuesday, April 3, Eddie Dixon’s team hosts New Site at 5 p.m.
Potts Camp visited Belmont on Tuesday of this week. The Cardinals visit New Site Thursday at 5 p.m. Next Tuesday, April 3, they go to Baldwyn at 5 p.m.
Sports Editor’s Note – For the ball park food at Potts Camp, coach Kevin Harris states his CHDs and CHHs will rival anyone’s – CHDs and CHHs being “Coach Harris Dogs” and “Coach Harris Hamburgers,” respectively.
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