Thursday, June 26, 2008
Pats down Indians; tournament this week
By BARRY BURLESON
Joey Brock struck out 10 in five innings June 16 as host Marshall Academy beat Byhalia in summer baseball action.
MA won the rain-shortened contest 10-1.
“After the first inning, Joey settled in and commanded the strike zone,” coach Johnny Ray said. “He pitched with a lot of confidence after he worked out of trouble in the first inning.”
The Indians loaded the bases in the first but scored just one run.
Brock allowed only three hits, walked two and hit a batter as he improved his summer pitching mark to 2-0.
The Patriots had 12 hits. All nine starters had at least one hit. Caleb Byrd was two for two with two runs scored. He was also hit by a pitch. Hunter Bolden was two for three with a double and two runs-batted-in. Tyler Childers was two for three with an RBI and two runs scored.
“As a team we’re swinging the bats well,” Ray said. “Every hitter in the lineup is contributing. The way we are swinging it now, the opposing pitchers can’t rest at any spot in the batting order.”
Bubba Brown, Byhalia’s head coach, missed the game due to a death in the family.
He said his Indians are “extremely young” and getting some valuable experience this summer.
“The summer is about the young guys – trying to get them worked in,” Coach Brown said.
The Byhalia summer squad includes just four Indians with substantial playing time from the spring – Andrew Brown, Marcus Franks, Pat Malone and Tavaris Neal. He’s missing three due to other summer activities and jobs.
Marshall Academy will host a tournament this week, and the Byhalia Indians will be one of the participants.
The schedule follows.
June 26 – 3 p.m., Oxford vs. Center Hill; 5:30 p.m., Byhalia vs. Oxford; 8 p.m., Byhalia vs. Marshall Academy.
June 27 – 12 noon, Hernando 17U vs. Kirk Academy; 2:30 p.m., Hernando 16U vs. Kirk; 5 p.m., Southaven vs. Center Hill; 7:30 p.m., Byhalia vs. Hernando 16U.
June 28 – 9 a.m., Marshall vs. Center Hill; 11:15 a.m., Southaven vs. Kirk; 1:30 p.m., Kirk vs. Center Hill; 3:45 p.m., Southaven vs. Hernando 16U; 6 p.m., Hernando 17U vs. Byhalia; 8:15 p.m., Marshall vs. Hernando 16U.
June 29 - 1 p.m., Oxford vs. Hernando 17U; 3:15 p.m., Southaven vs. Hernando 17U; 5:30 p.m., Marshall vs. Oxford.
There will be a two-hour time limit, regardless of innings.
The Patriots will host Water Valley next Tuesday, July 1, at 5 p.m.
The Indians will visit Independence next Tuesday, July 1, and then host Independence Wednesday, July 2, at 5 p.m.
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