Thursday, April 12, 2007
Indians fall short on diamond despite strong hitting
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Indians had two of its better hitting games of the year last week but came up short in both.
Those two, a 14-9 loss to Lewisburg and a 9-4 setback to DeSoto Central, came after an extra-inning district loss to Water Valley and a three-run win over Strayhorn.
Montrell Hardaway blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Indians a 2-0 lead over Water Valley March 30, but they couldn’t hang on.
The Blue Devils got one in the seventh with two outs to tie the game and one in the eighth with two outs to win it 3-2.
“Water Valley hadn’t been beaten in the division yet,” coach Bubba Brown said. “We played them closer than anybody. It was a tight ball game – a pitching duel with a lot of ground balls.”
Dean Miller suffered the mound loss for Byhalia. He struck out six.
Byhalia versus Strayhorn
The Indians then bounced back Monday of last week to down Strayhorn 5-2.
Getting a single each for the winning team were Lamarcus Hardaway, Damarcus Hardaway, Marcus Thomas, Marcus Franks and Jay New.
Thomas also earned the pitching victory.
Byhalia versus Lewisburg
Byhalia put together its “best hitting game in a while,” Brown said, but errors proved costly in the five-run loss to Lewisburg.
Cordarryl Sanders carried the hottest bat. He connected for three singles. Cody Wiley added a triple and a single, Chris Hill two doubles, Montrell Hardaway two singles and Tarvarious Neal two singles.
Andrew Brown had a double and getting a single each were Demarious Moore, L. Hardaway and Thomas.
Hill took the mound loss.
Byhalia vs. DeSoto Central
The story was much the same when DeSoto Central came calling on Wednesday of last week. The Indians produced 12 hits but lost by five.
“We’re getting hits, but we’re not getting them with runners in scoring position,” Coach Brown said.
Moore led the offense with a double and a single. Adding two singles each were Sanders and Brown. Getting one single each were L. Hardaway, M. Hardaway, Neal and Thomas.
Moore pitched the first three innings and struck out one. Miller threw the final four innings and struck out four.
Byhalia was schedule to host Senatobia Tuesday and complete a suspended game from earlier in the year and then play another full district contest. The Indians then go to Independence Friday to wrap up district play.
“If we can win those three, we’re in the playoffs,” Coach Brown said.
The regular season ends Saturday with a home contest against Horn Lake.
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