Thursday, April 1, 2010
Indians mar Hawks’ return to diamond
By CLAUDE VINSON
After about a five-year absence from baseball, the Hawks of Holly High returned to the diamond in a historic first game against the Indians of Byhalia. The game was played on the Indians’ field last Saturday on a sunny but windy afternoon.
Coach Bubba Brown started Jalen Applewhite as his first hurler and it turned out that he would be all that was needed. The lanky southpaw went to work right away and after a few rocky throws, he settled down and retired three Hawk batters in succession.
Anthony Chairez inaugurated the season for Holly High when he took the mound. The first batter he faced took his base on a passed ball and made it all the way home on successive Hawk errors. Chairez then gave up his first hit when Pat Malone got solid steel on one for a triple. He knocked in the runner on base and then stole home. Gary Calhoun singled and then stole second, third and finally home. Applewhite scored on a steal to add the sixth run for the Indians. Chairs retired the side when the last batter in rotation hit a long pop fly to right field. After one complete inning, it was Byhalia 6, Holly High 0.
Apparently, Applewhite was still in his form because he sent three more Hawk hitters back to the dug out to record his sixth strikeout.
The teams switched positions and Tedrick Moore walked and later stole home on Hawk errors. Malone was at the plate again, this time connecting on a long one which was mishandled by the center fielder. He also stole home. Justin Washington got to second on an error by the right fielder and rounded the bases for home. Calhoun and Applewhite singled in succession and made it to home plate. The third out was turned on a pop up to second base. The Indians had shut the Hawks out for a second inning and had a lead of 11-0.
Jeremy Scruggs was the lead batter at the top of the third and he etched his name in the record book by getting the first hit of the Hawks’ reinstituted first game and season. He took one just slightly above the waist and sent a line drive single to the center fielder. However, he was left on because the Indians didn’t allow any advances.
The Indians had picked up a pair of runs when Kevin Fitzpatrick singled. Then Mitchell Cartwright strode to the plate, sized up the new Hawks’ pitcher and hit an inside-the-park homer. He knocked in the runner ahead of himself, turning the 15th run and helping Byhalia to a one-hit shutout victory.
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