Thursday, March 6, 2008
Byhalia Indians split games Saturday, fall to Falkner
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Indians played both home and away contests Saturday with the road actually proving a bit friendlier.
Coach Bubba Brown’s Class 3A baseball squad started the busy day that morning with a narrow 8-6 loss on the home turf to Class 5A South Panola.
Top hitters for the Indians were Pat Malone with two doubles and Chris Hill with two singles. Adding a single each were Andrew Brown, Cody Wiley and Marcus Franks.
Hill, bouncing back from an injury when he ran into the wall versus DeSoto Central, “looked good” on the mound, according to Coach Brown. He pitched five of the seven innings in the two-run loss.
The junior varsity Indians fell 9-5 to South Panola.
Byhalia then drove east on Highway 78 to Hickory Flat for a Saturday afternoon game. The Indians tomahawked the Rebels 14-1.
Malone earned the mound win.
Several Byhalia players contributed to the offensive outburst. Hill carried the biggest stick. He went three-for-four with a double and two singles. Wiley and Dean Miller added two singles each. Connecting for a double was Jordan Morelli. Getting one hit each were Brown, Tavariaus Neal and Marcus Thomas.
It was the Indians’ first win of the season. They improved to 1-7.
The JV Indians beat the Rebels 10-2.
On Thursday of last week, the Byhalia varsity squad dropped a 13-8 decision at home to Falkner.
Hill, not recovered from the injury, took the loss. He was relieved early by Brown.
Neal had a double and single. Malone, Wiley and Franks each had two singles. Lamarcus Hardaway added a double.
Byhalia was scheduled to open district play Tuesday at Independence.
Saturday, they travel to South Panola and Charleston for 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. match-ups, respectively.
The Tri-County Tournament is set for March 10-12 at Hickory Flat.
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