Thursday, April 3, 2008
MA takes three from Carroll
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy won the games that mattered most last week.
The Patriots went three for five with all the victories being over district foe Carroll Academy. The Pats moved to 7-0 in district and 11-4 overall, due to end-of-the-week losses to Magnolia Heights and Oxford.
MA rallied for a 7-4 win in game one of a doubleheader Monday, March 24, at Carroll.
The visitors trailed 4-1 going into the top of the sixth and plated five in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
“We usually turn it on in the fifth or sixth inning,” coach Jimmy Hicks said. “That seems to be our magical innings.”
The Patriots had eight hits and made two errors.
Tyler Childers blasted a home run and also had a single. Tyler Sanders had a double and a single. Nick Tate added a double. Getting a single each were Justin Gray, Joey Brock and Joey Omedeo.
Hunter Bolden (2-0) pitched five innings and got the win. He struck out three. Shane Campbell threw the sixth and seventh and earned the save. He struck out four and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh.
Carroll had six hits and made one error. Catcher Brandon Clay, the clean-up man, had three of the team’s hits and all four runs-batted-in.
The nightcap was a pitcher’s duel with Marshall’s Chris Gardner (2-0) coming out on top. The Patriots won 1-0, largely due to Gardner, who hurled a one-hitter and struck out 10.
“He threw great,” Hicks said. “He threw 119 pitches, which is a lot, but he wanted to finish.”
Carroll’s mound man, Colby Mitchell, also struck out 10.
MA manufactured the game-winning run in the fifth without getting a hit in the inning.
The Pats had just three hits and committed three errors.
Tate was two of three with a double and single. Caleb Byrd added a single.
Carroll came to Marshall Academy Thursday, and it was another nail-biter with the Patriots taking the 3-2 victory.
“Those were three huge wins in the conference race to put us in the driver’s seat,” Coach Hicks said.
Sanders gave MA a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run.
Carroll tied it in the third.
In the fifth, the Patriots scored two and the Rebels one. MA hung on from there.
Campbell (4-1) struck out six and gave up four hits in five innings of work and picked up the pitching win. Gardner threw the sixth and seventh for the save. He struck out two and gave up no hits.
Jake Omedeo had Marshall’s only other hit, a single.
The Class AA Patriots stepped out of conference over the weekend – starting with a 13-5 home loss Friday night to Class AAA Magnolia Heights.
“We had the lead 5-3 going into the fifth and I’ve never seen so many errors in one inning,” Hicks said.
Top hitters for MA were Sanders and Jake Omedeo with two singles each. Tate had a double, and getting a single each were Childers, Bolden and Gray.
Patton (3-2) took the mound loss.
Saturday night, Class 4A public school Oxford avenged a loss to the Patriots just eight days earlier. The Chargers, playing at home, beat MA 10-0 in five innings.
“They had a 1-0 lead into the fourth and errors again killed us,” Coach Hicks said.
Oxford erupted for three in the fourth and six in the fifth.
Childers had the Patriots’ only hit, a double.
Freshman Jordan Brock made his first start of the year and got the pitching loss.
“He did a good job,” Hicks said.
The Chargers had 10 runs off five hits and six Marshall errors.
“We’re struggling defensively to make plays,” he said. “Our infield is young, and that happens. That’s baseball.”
The Patriots were scheduled to visit Lee (Ark.) for a district doubleheader Monday of this week. They host Lee (Ark.) Thursday at 4 p.m. and then welcome West Union Saturday at noon. Next Monday, April 7, they go to Kirk for a 4 p.m. district matchup.
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