Thursday, July 3, 2008
MA goes 5-0 in own tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy beat all competitors in its own tournament June 26-29.
“We played really well all weekend,” head coach Johnny Ray said about the 5-0 performance. “I’m proud of the kids. They did a tremendous job of competing all weekend.”
The Patriots downed Byhalia in their first game of the tournament, 18-0.
Jake Omedeo was two for three with six runs batted in. Parker James was one for three with a triple and two RBIs.
Joey Brock tossed four innings. He allowed no hits, walked one and had three strikeouts.
Marshall Academy then turned back Center Hill 6-4.
In five innings of work, Will Patton struck out seven, and gave up four hits and four runs, three of those earned.
Parker James earned the save. He came in with runners on first and second with no outs in the last inning and struck out two and got a ground out.
Tyler Childers was two for two with a double and two RBIs and two runs scored.
In their third game of the tournament, MA knocked off Hernando 10-6.
Harris Gholson, in five innings pitched, allowed six runs, four of those earned, plus he walked one and struck out three.
Jordan Brock earned the save with three up and three down in the last inning, which included two strikeouts.
Tyler Childers was two for four with two solo home runs. Jake Omedeo was two for three with a double. Joey Brock was one for two with a two-run homer. He also walked twice. Chris Gardner was one for three with a three-run homer and Joey Omedeo was two for three.
In another Marshall-Hernando battle, the Patriots won 3-0.
Jake Omedeo tossed a complete game shutout. He struck out six, allowed four hits and walked three.
Parker James was two for two from the batter’s box.
MA wrapped up its own tournament Sunday with a big 11-1 win over Lewisburg.
The winning Pitcher was Chris Gardner, who tossed a run ruled shortened, five inning complete game. He struck out four and allowed four hits.
Elgin Lafever was three for three with a stolen base and a run scored; Hunter Bolden was three for three with a walk, two runs scored and four RBIs; Josh Vanderburg was two for three; Tyler Childers was one for three with his 10th home run of the summer and three runs scored; Chris Gardner was two for four with two RBIs; Joey Brock was two for four with a double; Parker James was two for three with an RBI; Jake Omedeo was two for three with two RBIs.
Marshall had 17 hits as a team in the game.
“We swung the bats well in the tournament and our pitchers did an outstanding job,” Ray said.
“We had some big wins against bigger schools. These games can only make us better.”
He expressed a big “thank you” to everyone who helped with the tournament this past weekend.
“Everything ran smoothly and was a success,” Coach Ray said.
The Patriots will not play this week. They will next travel to Kirk Academy in Grenada Monday, July 7. The doubleheader begins at 5 p.m.
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