Thursday, April 3, 2008
Indians win district thriller
By CLAUDE VINSON
The baseball Indians of Byhalia hosted the Senatobia Warriors Tuesday of last week and survived a late-inning scare to take their second division win of the season.
The Indians entered the game 2-9 overall and 1-1 in division.
Dean Miller was the first man on the mound for coach Bubba Brown’s team. He started out a little shaky, giving up a walk and a single. Adam Moore hit for a triple and drove in a pair of Senatobia runs. Miller then shut the side down.
The Indians were going against Cody Richey, who had a few fast balls, but Andrew Brown connected for a single and Pat Malone tripled to right field. He drove in Brown. Tavarius Neal tagged one for a double and with an error assist from the third bagger, scored another. Then Neal made it home on a double by Chris Hill. The Indians left two on at the end but had made the score 3-1.
Miller then held the Warriors to one on base. Senatobia returned the favor and then the third saw the Indians still in front by two.
The Indians’ Miller had again held the Warriors. It was three up and three down. But the bats of the Indians were swinging and singing. Miller hit one that hopped the centerfield fence and ruled as a double, but scored two runs. Richard Cross cracked a hard line drive and drove in one, but there were men still on first and third. Brown leveled one between short and third and allowed two more to cross the plate. They left the bases loaded at the end of three but were ahead 8-1.
The Indians were manhandling the Warriors on defense. They went out to 11-4 at the end of five. But the Warriors came alive in the sixth and took advantage of a tiring hurler to tie the score at 11 all.
But Coach Brown made a mound change and the defense held again while scoring three more.
The Indians scored 14 times on 11 hits. The Warriors scored 11 times on five hits.
Byhalia then lost 7-6 to district foe Independence on Friday.
“It was a good, close game – only one error made by either team,” Coach Brown said.
He said his Byhalia team, Senatobia and Ripley are all tied for second place in the district. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
The Indians (2-2 in the division and 3-10 overall) travel to Lewisburg Friday for a 7 p.m. game. They then host Lewisburg next Monday, April 7, at 4 p.m. and host Ripley next Tuesday, April 8, at 4 p.m.
They go to Senatobia April 11 at 5 p.m. and host DeSoto Central April 12 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. They host Marshall Academy April 14 at 4 p.m.
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