Thursday, April 9, 2009
Indians lose twinbill
By BARRY BURLESON
An extra-inning loss to Independence last week at home eliminated the Byhalia baseball team from playoff contention.
It breaks a state playoff run for the Indians that started in 2004.
But head coach Bubba Brown is proud of his young Indians, featuring just one senior, Andrew Brown.
“This is a young group,” he said, “and we’ve played some close ball games this year. I only have three juniors, too. We’ve played some good ball.”
The 3-1 loss to the Wildcats was the first game of a twinbill. Byhalia lost 11-1 to district foe Lewisburg in the nightcap.
Coach Brown said the two-run setback to Independence featured strong pitching and solid defense.
He said Indian hurler Pat Malone did “a real good job on the mound.”
He threw seven and a third innings, with Brown providing relief work for two-thirds of an inning.
The game was scoreless after six innings. Then in the final inning of regulation, each team scored one run.
The Wildcats sent two runners across the plate in the top of the eighth, and Byhalia couldn’t answer.
In game two of the day, Coach Brown said his young team just couldn’t regroup after the tough loss.
“We acted dead after losing the close one, and when we lost it, it took us out of the playoffs,” he said.
The Indians wrap up their season this week. They hosted Ripley Tuesday. They go to Senatobia Friday at 5 p.m.
“Maybe we can mess up some other folks’ playoff plans,” he said.
Then it’s looking forward to next year for the Byhalia baseball program.
“We should be much stronger,” Coach Brown said. “I believe we’re in good shape for the future.”
Byhalia will step up to Class 4A next year, but many of the opponents will be familiar ones. District competitors will include Center Hill, Lafayette, Lewisburg, Rosa Fort and Senatobia.
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