Thursday, May 1, 2008
MA faces Winston this week
By BARRY BURLESON
No doubt about it, the Marshall Academy Patriots want some revenge.
One year ago Winston Academy eliminated the Patriots from the Class AA state baseball playoffs. This week the two meet again in the quarter-finals, a best-of-three series.
“We wanted Winston,” said coach Jimmy Hicks, whose team won its district and received an opening-round bye. “We know it will be a tough series, but hopefully we can come through. We’re excited. It’s going to be fun.”
Winston, a runner-up in its district, advanced to round two after knocking off Lee (Clarksdale) in three games last week. Winston won game one 5-3, lost game two 10-5 and won the decisive contest 9-7.
Tyler Dalton got both the pitching victories for Winston. Hicks said he throws 80 miles per hour and also sprinkles in a good curve ball.
The Patriots, 18-4 on the season, rested some and scrimmaged a lot last week.
“I don’t think the layoff will have an effect on us,” Hicks said. “I think it was a good thing. We got some rest for some of our pitchers who’ve thrown a lot of innings this year.
“We scrimmaged and tried to stay sharp. We put them through every situation we could think of. We worked hard.”
Game one of the quarter-final series was set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Holly Springs. Game two will be played Thursday at Winston (Louisville), also an expected 6 p.m. first pitch. Game three, if needed, will be played Friday at 6 p.m. back at Marshall.
“The kids are looking forward to the post-season,” Coach Hicks said. “Hopefully we can play well and advance.”
The winner of the Marshall-Winston series meets the Canton Academy-Kirk Academy survivor for the north half championship next week.
The south half matchups this week pit Copiah Academy against Centreville Academy and Central Private against Brookhaven Academy.
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