Thursday, March 25, 2010
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians pulled their baseball season to the .500 mark last Friday with a 7-2 win over county rival Potts Camp.
Byhalia sent Charlie Lyles to the mound first. He went to work right away, making short shrift of the first trio of batters he faced. The first grounded to the pitcher, who made an easy cutoff. Next was a liner straight to the third bagger for an easy out. The last out came with a grounder hit to second – three up and three down.
Cody Watts was the pitcher for the Cardinals. He went all the way and took the loss.
Tedrick Moore started the hitting for Byhalia. He stroked a double and then raced home on an error. Pat Malone came to the plate and hit a single – after the batter before popped out to right field. Malone then scored after Mitchell Cartwright advanced him to third on a single. Cartwright then stole a base and sped home on an error. This gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the first inning with one out. Watts walked a batter, then struck out the next one. The side was retired when an Indians couldn’t beat the throw to the plate.
Potts Camp did get a man on base but he was left there when the batters couldn’t bring him in.
Watts was finding his corners in the top of the second. He walked one and struck out three. The Indians didn’t score. After two complete innings the Indians led 3-0.
Nick Vondron got the first hit for the Cards, a single. Watts followed with a double. Vondron later tagged up and scored on a teammate’s pop fly. The last out came on a fly-out to center.
Byhalia got a hit from Cartwright, but he was thrown out while trying to steal third. Meantime, Watts was showing strength and accuracy. He recorded his fifth strikeout and retired the side after a pair of pop-ups.
Lyles was also getting notice on the hill. He awarded his first base on balls, sent the next batter back to the dugout and got the next hitter on a 2-2 count. His third out was a pop fly to center. After four innings complete, the Indians were still up 3-1.
On their next at bat, the Indians made some noise. Kevin Fitzpatrick got solid steel on the baseball for a triple. Malone picked up the RBI on a single and then reached home on a pair of Cardinal errors.
Jalen Applewhite, a left hander, replaced Lyles on the mound in the sixth. He gave up a walk but no runs.
The Indians went on to earn a 7-2 win, their second over the Cardinals this season.
The Indians are 4-4 on the year. They visit Rosa Fort Thursday for a district doubleheader. Saturday, they host Holly Springs at 5 p.m. Next Monday, March 29, they host Lewisburg at 5 p.m. and next Tuesday, March 30, they host MHEA at 5 p.m.
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