Thursday, April 2, 2009
Indians drop district contest
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians gave up four runs in the first inning to the Senatobia Warriors in a district game at home March 24.
Andrew Brown was sent to the hill first and he walked the first batter. The next Warrior up tried a bunt. Brown quickly retrieved the ball and threw out the runner advancing to second. But the Warriors would gather a couple of hits and score four runs in quick order. Brown then struck out the next batter and the infield had a run down at the third for the last out.
Brown hit a single but was caught in a failure to “tag up” after the next Indian batter fouled out and turned it into a double play. Byhalia managed two scores, utilizing the last out well, and after one complete inning it was Senatobia leading 4-2.
At bat the Warriors advanced one man to second on a steal but the Indians killed the next two runners before they reached first.
The Warriors’ pitcher was Cody Richey and the Indians keyed on his speed in the second. They were hitting him well but the ball was not finding favorable lanes. Warrior fielders were catching the ball without errors.
Ryan Swartz hit a single and gained an extra base on a Byhalia error. The Warriors loaded the bases and Jonathan Oglesby singled and drove in a pair. Brown then retired the side by sending the next batter back to the dug out.
The Indians had two men on after a single by Brown but they were working with two outs. One of their runners was thrown out trying to steal third. That completed the inning with the Warriors still ahead by four runs at 6-2.
Senatobia had a man on first when Blake Barmer caught one just right and sent it over the left field fence. He drove in one run.
Coach Bubba Brown called up Tavarus Neal from the bullpen in relief. Jordan Billingsley got a triple on an error and helped two runners home. It was the top of the fourth and one out. Oglesby was at the plate again, stroked one to center field and picked up two RBI. Senatobia picked up another score from an error at first. Neal struck out the next batter in the rotation to end the run.
The Warriors would get two more runs. The Indians failed to turn a hit the remainder of the game and lost 13-2.
Byhalia’s scheduled game Friday against Independence was postponed. The Indians were scheduled to host Lewisburg on Tuesday of this week. Next Tuesday, April 7, they will host Ripley at 5 p.m.
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