Thursday, April 24, 2008
Indians advance; Troopers up next
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Indians are moving on to the second round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs.
The Indians completed their sweep of Charleston with a 12-9 road win Monday afternoon (after the press deadline for the newspaper’s sports section).
The Byhalia offense was on fire. Eight Indians had multiple hits in the game.
Lamarcus Hardaway had four singles. Dean Miller added a double and two singles.
Pat Malone crushed two home runs and had four runs-batted-in.
Tavaris Neal pounded a triple and a double.
Getting two singles each were Andrew Brown, Cody Wiley, Chris Hill and Marcus Thomas.
“We hit the ball extremely well,” said head coach Bubba Brown.
Andrew Brown earned the pitching win. He struck out four in five and two-thirds innings of work. Dean Miller got the save. He faced five batters and struck out three.
Charleston entered as Region 4-3A’s top seed. Byhalia is the fourth seed out of Region 3.
“We played an extremely tough schedule and it’s paying off,” Brown said. “We played some sure enough good teams – just about everyone we played is in the playoffs.”
All four teams in the playoffs from Region 3-3A – Lewisburg, Senatobia, Ripley and Byhalia – advanced to the second round.
Next up for the Indians is a best two-of-three series versus the Mooreville Troopers, the number two team from Region 1-3A. The first game will be played Thursday at Mooreville and the second game Friday at 4 p.m. in Byhalia
The site of game three, if needed, was undecided at press-time.
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