Thursday, April 2, 2009
Byers falls to Hickory Flat
By CLAUDE VIINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions faced the Hickory Flat Rebels last Thursday at home.
The Lions are playing an independent schedule this season under new head coach Arthur “Beau” Sellers, in his first season at the school.
The Lions were 1-4 and the visiting Rebels 8-4. The Rebels had gained a 2-0 advantage during their first at-bat, while the Lions came away scoreless.
Chris Echols was on the mound for Byers and he loaded the bases in the top of the second. Echols was working with one out when he struck out a Rebel batter. He reached a full count on the next batter, Paul Teel, who hit a hard grounder to third. The ball was mishandled by the infield, which allowed a run to cross home plate. The bases were still loaded and the next batter lined one directly between third and short. Another error allowed two more Rebel scores. Coach Sellers called for time and sent Tedarian Bryson to the hill in relief after the Rebels scored again from a hit by Cody Matlock. Bryson turned the final out on a strikeout.
Tim Tatum was pitching against the Lions and he recorded three strikeouts in quick succession.
The Lions scored two runs off in their next at-bat.
The Hickory Flat bats were sounding off in the third. They got six hits but most of their runs came from Byers’ errors. The Byers infield finally shut down the running machine with a chase-down at third. After three and a half innings the Rebels were up by 11 runs.
The Lions managed one hit during their last at-bat, but the runner was thrown out on a steal try for second.
Byers fell 13-2.
The Rebels upped their record to 9-4 and the Lions slipped to 1-5.
The Byers team composition has a different look this season. The roster includes two players from the state champion girls basketball team – Rosalyn Penilton holds down first base and Brionne Gulledge is the second bagger.
The Lions’ next home game is Saturday, April 4, against East Union.
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