Thursday, April 12, 2007
Patriots split with Huntsville team on ‘Senior Night’
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy’s busy baseball week included playing in a college park, improving to 2-0 in district and splitting a pair of one-run games against a Huntsville, Ala., squad.
The Patriots beat Memphis Area Home Education Association (MHEA) 9-2 Monday, April 2, at the University of Memphis.
“It was a great experience for our kids,” coach Jimmy Hicks said. “It’s a nice ball park, and we played pretty well.”
Seth Milliorn’s bat carried much of the load. He had two doubles and three runs-batted-in.
Tyler Childers, Bo Bonds and Tyler Sanders each had a double. Childers also had two stolen bases. Getting a single each were Chase Samples and Caleb Byrd.
Will Patton pitched five innings and got the win. He struck out five. Hunter Bolden tossed two innings in relief and struck out two.
MA scored three in the first inning, one in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth.
Marshall versus Lee (Ark.)
The Patriots had no trouble going to 2-0 in district play with a 12-1 win at home Tuesday, April 3.
MA led Lee 8-0 after the first two innings and cruised.
Hunter Bolden slapped a triple and double, Bonds a double and single, Mitchell Cartwright two singles and Byrd two singles. Samples blasted a two-run homer.
Shane Campbell pitched all five innings for the mound victory. He struck out nine and “did an excellent job,” Coach Hicks said.
MA versus Covenant
The Patriots rallied on “Senior Night” Thursday and defeated a talented Covenant Christian team from Huntsville, Ala., 6-5.
“They were tough,” Hicks said, “and our kids fought back.”
Marshall, trailing 5-3 going to the bottom of the sixth, loaded the bases with walks to Childers, Bolden and Milliorn. Then getting an RBI each to push across three big runs for the win were Sanders, Samples and Justin Gray.
The Patriots had four singles – one each from Milliorn, Sanders, Samples and Gray.
Bolden threw just one inning in relief of starter Jimmy Palmer but earned the mound win. Milliorn, hampered by an arm injury, recorded his first save of the season. He struck out three of four batters he faced in the top of the seventh.
Covenant reversed things in the nightcap, grabbing its own one-run win, 7-6.
Patton took the loss. He was relieved late in contest by Bolden. Covenant had just four hits, two off of each of those pitchers.
“Our defense hurt us in this game,” Hicks said, “plus I think Covenant Christian just wanted it more. They played harder and they won. Maybe it taught my guys a lesson.”
Gray connected for two hits – a single, plus a huge double in the seventh “that clawed us back into the game,” Coach Hick said.
Milliorn also added two hits. Childers crushed a homer over the left field wall in the third inning. It was his fourth of the season. Samples added a single.
“We had six hits to their four,” Coach Hicks said. “It was really an ugly game, and a cold one, too.”
Three MA seniors - Bonds, Samples and Josh Asplund - were honored during a special ceremony between the two games.
The Patriots (18-3 overall) were scheduled to visit Lewisburg Saturday, April 7, for a doubleheader and then go to Delta Tuesday for a district game. They host Lee (Clarksdale) Friday in district action. On Saturday, April 14, they visit Bishop Byrne and next Tuesday, April 17, they travel to Lee (Clarksdale).
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