Thursday, March 20, 2008
MA goes to 4-1
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy baseball team spent two days spring break week on the diamond, winning two of three in the Delta Academy Tournament.
Coach Jimmy Hicks’ Patriots knocked off both Winona Christian and Strider Academy Monday, March 10.
Nick Tate was a perfect three-for-three at the plate in a 7-6 victory over Winona. Tate smacked a two-run homer, a double and a single.
MA scored three runs in the first, one in the second and three in the fourth to take the narrow win.
The contest went just five innings, due to a two-hour time limit in the tournament.
Tyler Sanders added a double and a single from the batter’s box. Getting one hit each were Justin Gray, Jake Omedeo and Wesley Harris.
Will Patton (1-0) pitched the entire game and earned the mound win. He struck out three and gave up six hits.
The next game on March 10 was much easier. The Patriots blasted Strider 8-1.
Chris Gardner (1-0) was the winning pitcher. He gave up just one hit in six innings of work and struck out seven. Harris Gholson pitched the seventh and struck out two.
MA scored one in the first, one in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Several Patriots got in on the hitting attack. Gardner supported his mound effort with two doubles. Adding two singles each were Caleb Byrd and Gray.
Tate connected for his second home run of the tournament. Sanders and Shane Campbell had doubles. Omedeo and Harris each singled.
The Patriots finished the tournament with a 12-1 loss to Winston, a team that eliminated them from the playoffs last year.
“They lost in the North State championship series last year, and they have all of their pitching back,” Coach Hicks said.
MA played without two starters, Hunter Bolden and Tyler Childers.
“Hopefully we can play Winston again down the road, and it will be a different ball game,” Hicks said.
The Patriots had just three hits – singles from Gray, Omedeo and Harris.
Campbell (2-1) was the losing pitcher.
Winston scored three in the first, four in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to win the game in five innings.
MA’s run came in the fourth.
Marshall (4-1 on the season) was scheduled to visit Indianola Monday for a district contest and then host public school Oxford Tuesday.
The Patriots host Indianola Thursday at 4 p.m. for a district doubleheader. They are scheduled to host two public schools, Myrtle, and Byhalia, on Saturday, March 22. Game times are 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
Next Monday, March 24, MA goes to Carroll for a district doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m.
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