Thursday, April 19, 2007
Indians come up short
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Bubba Brown is a bit lost this third week in April.
For the first time in five years, his Byhalia Indians are not participating in the state baseball playoffs. A young Byhalia squad finished its season last week.
“I don’t know what to do now,” Brown said. “We’ve been there (to the playoffs) so many times.”
But he’s proud of his 2007 Indians, which featured only three seniors – Montrell Hardaway, Demarious Moore and Cordarryl Sanders. Brown started two freshmen and two sophomores.
“We lost a bunch of close ball games this year,” he said. “We were a hit away from winning a bunch.
“Most of my team will be returning. We should come back strong next year.”
The close losses hit during the season’s final week, too, as the Indians played their final three district games.
Byhalia versus Senatobia
Byhalia dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker in the first game of a doubleheader versus Senatobia Tuesday, April 10, at home.
The Indians led the Warriors 2-0 through six innings. Senatobia tied it in the seventh to force extra innings.
The Warriors scored two in the top of the eight. Byhalia answered with two of their own in the bottom of the eight.
Senatobia won it with one run in the 10th.
“We played well,” Coach Brown said. “We hit the ball; we just needed a few more timely hits.”
Moore and M. Hardaway led the offense with three singles each. Chris Hill followed with a double and a single, while Lamarcus Hardaway slapped two singles. Getting one single each were Cody Wiley, Sanders and Marcus Thomas.
Byhalia’s Dean Miller recorded 10 strikeouts but was still saddled with the mound loss.
Senatobia also won the nightcap, 13-8.
Leading hitters for the Indians were M. Hardaway with a triple and a single, Sanders with a double and a single, Hill with two singles and Moore, Wiley and L. Hardaway with a single each.
M. Hardaway took the mound loss.
Byhalia versus Independence
The Indians had trouble producing runs Thursday and dropped a tight, 3-1 decision at Independence.
Hill was tagged with the pitching loss. He struck out five.
Moore was the top Indian from the batter’s box. He had two singles.
Adding one single each were Hill, Wiley, Miller, L. Hardaway and Thomas.
The Indians were scheduled to wrap up their season Saturday with a twinbill at home versus Horn Lake (weather permitting).
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