Thursday, July 17, 2008
Patriots sweep Raiders
By BARRY BURLESON
For Johnny Ray, the summer has been about evaluating talent. And he likes what he sees on his Marshall Academy baseball team.
“Overall, I am very happy with how the summer has gone,” said Ray, new head coach at MA. “This has given me an opportunity to see several kids play and evaluate how they will fit in next spring.”
Last week the Patriots swept Kirk Academy, won a junior varsity game and lost a varsity contest to St. George’s and then dominated First Assembly Christian School.
Tyler Childers provided the offensive fireworks as Marshall knocked off Kirk 9-4 in game one July 7 at Grenada.
Childers was three for three with a solo home run to lead off the game and a three-run homer to give the Patriots the lead for good in the fifth inning.
Parker James was two for four with a run-batted-in and a stolen base. Joey Omedeo was two for four with a pair of singles.
Harris Gholson picked up the win in relief as he tossed three innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. He improved his mound record to 3-1 and lowered his summer earned run average to 3.50
In game two versus the Raiders, Childers was again the hitting hero. He went three for three with four stolen bases, four runs scored and one RBI. Marshall cruised to the 13-2 win.
Jake Omedeo was two for three with three RBIs. He provided a big two-run double in the three-run fourth inning to give the Patriots a 8-0 lead. Jake Omedeo has 24 RBIs this summer and he is batting .475. Parker James was three for four with a double and one RBI.
Joey Brock improved his summer record to 4-0 with a solid start. He allowed no runs in three innings pitched. He walked two, allowed one hit and struck out two. For the summer, Joey Brock has a 2.83 earned run average in 17 innings pitched.
Chris Gardner struck out three in one inning of relief and Jordan Brock struck out two. Each allowed one earned run.
MA vs. St. George’s
The MA junior varsity squad rode the pitching of Jordan Brock to the 8-2 win Thursday at home.
Brock tossed five strong innings, striking out five and allowing only one hit. Other than a first inning jam in which the Gryphons scored their only runs Brock was in control.
Matt Rappa had a two-RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to give the Patriots a 4-2 advantage. From there, MA never looked back. Caleb Byrd was the only player with multiple hits as he had a double, single and was hit by pitch. He also had two RBIs.
The varsity Patriots played along with the weather as rain fell throughout the game and lost 8-1 to St. George’s.
The only hit Marshall could muster was Childers’ lead-off double in the first.
The pitchers struggled on the mound, issuing nine walks. Gholson suffered the loss dropping his summer record to 3-2.
MA vs. FACS
The Patriots had little trouble with First Assembly Christian School Saturday, winning 14-1 on the road.
Will Patton pitched four innings, allowing four hits and striking out five to up his summer record to 4-1. Joey Brock and James also contributed three scoreless innings of relief.
Childers led the game off with a home run and later added another to lead off the fourth inning. He also added a double and was three for four on the day. His summer batting average is .571 and he has hit 14 home runs.
James was two for four at the plate with a double and three RBIs. He leads the team with 29 RBIs this summer.
Caleb Byrd, returning from an injury in which he missed three weeks, swung a hot bat. He went three for four with two runs scored and an RBI. Joey Omedeo was also three for four with a run scored and two RBIs. Senior Hunter Bolden was two for three with a double and three runs scored and Elgin LaFever had a pinch hit double that scored two runs in the sixth inning.
“Developing depth in our pitching staff was my main goal coming into the summer,” Ray said. “I believe this will benefit us tremendously going into next year. I’ve seen a lot of progression in Harris Gholson and Joey Brock in particular. They both had good and bad outings during the summer but you could see that both have progressed from where they were when we started in early June.”
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