Thursday, July 5, 2007
Patriots getting experience versus area public schools
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy baseball team is sharpening its skills during summer break by facing some tough competition.
Coach Jimmy Hicks said the Patriots possess about a .500 record against such talented area squads as East Union, Christian Brothers, White Station, Oxford, Ingomar, North Pontotoc and Myrtle.
“I love playing the public schools,” Hicks said. “It’s a confidence booster. It can only help and contribute to the success of our program.”
Hicks is missing a few of his varsity players but at the same time has picked up some new ball players.
“We have a good group of young kids who are gaining valuable experience, and our older guys are stepping and up and leading,” he said.
“I’m proud of the guys. They’ve been playing pretty well against some good competition.”
The Patriots swept East Union Tuesday evening of last week and then defeated the Wildcats from Hernando 12-4 Thursday night at home.
Marshall Academy baseball is coming off its most successful season ever in 2007. The Patriots finished 27-5 and advanced to the second round of the Mississippi Private School Association Class AA playoffs.
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