March 26, 2009
Indians fall to MHEA
The Byhalia Indians completed their 10th game of the young season Thursday at home.
The Indians had a record of 5-4 going into the contest with the Memphis-Area Home Education Association Eagles, whose record was 4-3. MHEA had defeated the Indians about a week earlier.
Coach Bubba Brown sent Tavaris Neal to the mound to open things up. Neal gave the first batter a free ride. Then he handed out a second walk and the runner on first stole second. The next batter, Tyler Cornic, hit a single and the bases were loaded. John Hill followed with another single and drove in Steven Gordon for MHEA’s first score. Then Adrian Adams beat the catcher to the plate on a passed ball for the next score.
The Eagles, playing with two outs, scored again on a bunt. Their next pair of runs was scored on errors. Neal struck out the last batter in the rotation, but the Eagles had scored five runs on a trio of hits.
Cornic was sent to the hill by the Eagles. He made short work of the Indians’ first at bat. He struck out the first batter and had the next two thrown out at first.
Neal was beginning to settle down on the mound. An Eagle grounded out to short; two were thrown out before reaching first and there were two left on.
The Indians completed the second inning by grounding out to short, a strikeout and a caught fouled ball at first. At the end of two complete, the Indians were still scoreless and trailed 5-0.
Coach Brown said later the Indians had trouble “shaking off that first inning; we are a much better ball club”.
The Indians went on to lend credence to the statement. They allowed only one man on in third – a fly-out to second and two strike outs.
The Indians would score two runs in the fifth and add another in the seventh.
The Eagles scored three more runs for a final of 8-3.
The Indians had another home game scheduled for Tuesday of this week versus Senatobia.
They host Independence Friday at 5 p.m., and next Tuesday, March 31, they host Lewisburg at 5 p.m.
All of those are important district contests. The state playoffs start April 17.
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