Thursday, March 6, 2008
Patriots battle back for opening day win
By BARRY BURLESON
Thank goodness for a nine-inning game to open the season.
The Marshall Patriots, down 10-3, rallied for three runs in the seventh and six more in the eighth to beat Memphis-Area Home Education Association 12-10 Thursday on opening day. Normally, high school games go seven innings, but the coaches agreed to play nine.
“We made an error here and there that cost us runs,” said coach Jimmy Hicks. “Of course we were kind of rusty. I felt we could put something together, and we did.
“I tried some people at some different positions. It was good to start with a win.”
Tyler Sanders provided the bulk of the offense. He connected for three of the team’s nine hits – getting a triple, double and single. Jake Omedeo had a double and a single, and Hunter Bolden added two singles. Tyler Childers had a triple and Nick Tate a double.
“More than half of our hits were extra-base hits,” Hicks said.
Shane Campbell recorded the pitching win, in relief of starter Will Patton. Patton threw four innings and Campbell five.
Marshall Academy was scheduled to play district foe Lee (Clarksdale) in three games this week, but those games faced possible rescheduling at press-time.
On Monday and Tuesday of next week, during spring break, the Patriots will participate in a tournament at Delta Academy.
They will play Winona March 10 at 11:30 a.m. and then face Strider at 2 p.m. March 11, they will go against Winston Academy at 4 p.m. Winston eliminated Marshall in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs last season.
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