Thursday, April 19, 2007
MA downs Delta, Lee in district
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy put itself in the driver’s seat in the district baseball race last week.
The Patriots dominated Delta and Lee (Clarksdale) to up their district mark to 4-0 and their overall record to 23-3.
MA is set to close the regular season this week against the same two district foes – Lee on the road Tuesday and Delta at home Thursday.
The playoffs start next week with a best two-of-three series.
Marshall versus Delta
MA survived the rain and cool temperatures Tuesday, April 10, at Marks and knocked off the Raiders 12-3.
“The conditions were horrible – about 48 degrees, raining the whole time and 25 mile per hour winds,” coach Jimmy Hicks said. “It was awful.”
But the Patriots’ bats were hot. They connected for 15 hits.
Getting three hits each were Hunter Bolden, Seth Milliorn and Bo Bonds. One of Bonds’ hits was a double. Tyler Childers and Tyler Sanders added two hits each and Shane Campbell one.
“And our last three batters in the lineup had fine line-outs,” Hicks said. “They hit it hard, but had nothing to show for it.”
Campbell pitched the entire seven innings for the win. He gave up only two hits and stuck out two.
“He kept their guys off balance,” Hicks said. “He did an excellent job.”
MA scored four runs in the first, four in the second, one in the fourth and three in the fifth. All of Delta’s three runs were unearned.
Marshall vs. Lee
A five-run fifth inning was the huge lift for the Patriots at home Friday as they knocked off the Colts 10-1.
The game was called after the sixth inning due to rain and lightning.
Jake Omedeo provided the clutch hit in the fifth, a bases-loaded double.
“He stepped up,” Hicks said.
The big fifth at the plate came after first baseman Chase Samples turned a double play on a line drive in the top of the inning.
Justin Gray had two hits in the nine-run win, one of those a double, and Bolden also slapped two hits. Caleb Byrd added a big triple in the second inning. Childers had a double and Sanders a single.
Will Patton earned the victory from “the hill.” The lefty gave up just two hits and struck out five in going the distance.
“It was a crucial game,” Coach Hicks said. “We played well.”
Milliorn, the starting shortstop, was out due to an injury. Four of six infielders were freshmen.
“Our guys came out and swung the bats and did a great job,” he said.
MA versus Lewisburg
On Saturday, April 7, the Patriots had 31 hits in two games and swept Lewisburg 17-9 and 12-10 on the road.
Leading MA’s 19-hit barrage in the first game were Milliorn and Sanders with three each. Adding two each were Samples, Gray Bonds, Childers, Bolden and Campbell. Byrd contributed one hit.
“We had an impressive game at the plate,” Hicks said.
Campbell picked up the mound victory with five innings of work. Jimmy Palmer tossed two innings in relief.
The Patriots scored six runs in the sixth and added two in the seventh to pull out the two-run win in the nightcap.
Bonds’ triple started the big rally in the sixth.
Other hitters for MA included Childers with two, including a double; Bolden with two, including a solo home run; Byrd with two doubles; Milliorn with a triple; Sanders and Samples with a double each; and Gray and Omedeo with a single each.
Byrd earned the mound win in relief of Omedeo. Bolden and Childers also pitched with Childers getting the save.
“In back-to-back games everybody in the lineup had a hit,” Coach Hicks said.
Marshall was ranked fifth last week in the Clarion-Ledger’s Mississippi Private School Association top five. Ranked ahead of the Patriots are first, Winona Christian; second, Porter’s Chapel; third, Jackson Academy; and fourth, Central Private.
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