Thursday, April 1, 2010
MA Patriots sweep Colonels
Marshall Academy had a successful week, picking up five District 1-AA victories and running their win streak to 10 games.
MA 2 Indianola 1
Marshall, led by Parker James on the mound, beat Indianola 2-1 in the first game of a huge District 1-AA series Monday, March 22. James upped his season mound record to 5-0 as he went the distance, striking out 11. He scattered eight hits and walked one.
Marshall scored lone runs in the second and the fourth. Jake Omedeo led off the second with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Vanderburg’s sacrifice fly to center. In the fourth, a pair of walks to Omedeo and Vanderburg put runners at first and second. A wild pitch enabled Omedeo to advance to third and the errant throw by the Colonel catcher allowed him to score the eventual winning run
“That was a big win, no doubt,” coach Johnny Ray said. “Parker gave us everything he had. He hit his spots and kept them off stride pretty much the entire ball game.”
James worked out trouble in the fourth, leaving the bases loaded. He struck out a Colonel to end the threat after IA had pushed across a run.
Marshall collected only three hits in the contest.
MA 4 Indianola 0
Senior left-hander Will Patton (4-1) struck out a career-high 15 batters as Marshall completed the sweep of the doubleheader at home. The Colonels did not advance a runner past second base the entire game. Patton dominated Indianola, allowing four singles and walking two. He lowered his season earned run average to 0.90. He has struck out 50 batters in 31 innings of work so far.
“Wow, that was another amazing performance by Will,” Ray said. “His ball was electric. They had no chance after the first inning when he settled in and got his rhythm. He completely dominated them.”
Marshall got all the runs they would need in the first inning as Josh Vanderburg’s double to right center tipped off an IA outfielder’s glove, allowing Elgin Lafever and Jake Omedeo to score. They had reached base ahead of Vanderburg by a single and a base on balls, respectively.
Marshall’s other two runs came in the fourth as Jacob McMinn and Jake Omedeo both scored on wild pitches.
The Patriots mustered only three hits for the game.
MA 11 W. Memphis 0
Eighth grader John Wesley Ray was in control from the beginning as the Patriots picked up another District 1-AA victory on Tuesday, defeating West Memphis 11-0. The righty evened his record at 1-1 on the season as he struck out six and walked none. The only hit allowed was with two outs and the run rule in effect in the fifth inning.
James carried the big stick for the game, going three for three with a pair of singles and a home run. He also had three RBI and scored three runs. Joey Omedeo also had three hits, with a double, a triple and three RBI. Aaron McAlexander was the only other Patriot with multiple hits as he had a double and single in three plate appearances with two RBI. Marshall had 11 hits for the game.
MA 10 W. Memphis 8
In game two, Marshall received a late-inning scare from the Black Knights but held on to win 10-8.
MA jumped to a 7-1 lead after three innings, thanks in part to a five-run inning in the third. The Pats were beneficiaries of three Black Knight errors and Ray and Chase Carpenter both got RBI sacrifice flys to expand the lead.
Marshall scored in every inning.
Evan Hickman (2-0) combined with three Patriot relievers to limit West Memphis to seven hits and only three earned runs. Marshall committed four errors for the game, leaving the door open for the Black Knights. Hickman struck out three, walked four, gave up two hits, and allowed only one run to score in his three innings of work.
Dustin Allen surrendered three runs, two earned, in two innings of work. He struck out three. Joey Brock turned in one scoreless inning in the sixth and McAlexander closed the game out in the seventh, striking out two.
Vanderburg and Byrd each delivered two hits each for Marshall.
MA 4 Indianola 3
Marshall improved to 8-0 in district play and 19-3 overall as they traveled to Indianola and came away with a 4-3 decision.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the fifth, MA pushed across three runs. Joey Omedeo singled to start the inning and with one out Caleb Byrd did the same, putting runners at the corners. Lafever delivered a run scoring single, scoring Omedeo. James tied the score with a double to the deepest part of the park in center. Lafever scored on McAlexander’s RBI groundout to put MA on top for good.
James was three for four for the game and upped his team-leading batting average to .443 for the season. He was the only Patriot with multiple hits.
Brock (4-1) went the distance, allowing single runs in the first, second and fourth innings. For the game, he allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out two. Two of the three Colonel runs were earned.
“That was a huge series for us and a big week,” Coach Ray said. “Nothing rattles these kids. Practically every district game has been a nail-biter to this point but we have found a way to come out on top in each. That is the mark of a good team…..winning the close ones.”
The Patriots visited West Memphis Tuesday. They face Olive Branch Friday at 5 p.m. at Horn Lake High School.
Saturday, they play at home against Fayette Academy at 11 a.m. Next Monday, April 5, they host Kirk Academy for a district twinbill starting at 5 p.m., and next Tuesday, April 6, they visit Briarcrest High School at 4 p.m.
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