Thursday, April 8, 2010
Indians roll past Holly High Hawks
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks, fielding their first baseball team in five years, hosted the Byhalia Indians April 1 for their home opener.
A good crowd was on hand at Sam Coopwood Park.
The Hawks had dropped their first game of the season to the same foe almost a week earlier in Byhalia.
Dean Bridgeforth was the first on the hill for the Hawks. He walked the first Indian batter. Kevin Fitzpatrick tagged an even count pitch and drove it to left field. Jason New, who had walked, ran home. Bridgeforth struck out the last batter in rotation.
Jalen Applewhite was the starting pitcher for Byhalia. He sent the first Hawk batter back to the dugout and caused the next two to pop out – three up and three down. After one complete inning, the Indians led 2-0.
Bridgeforth was still working the hill. Byhalia scored the next run on Holly High errors after a walk. Then Fitzpatrick took Bridgeforth’s third pitch and dropped it at the feet of the left fielder. It was good for a single and two RBIs. The Indians scored twice more on steals and errors. Dakota Downs stroked a single. He was left on first when the next Indian struck out. After two completed innings, the Byhalia led 7-0.
Holly High’s Justin Hampton ripped a single, which got by the first bagger, and then he stole second. The Hawks loaded the bases on Indian errors. Applewhite was trying to work his way out of a stacked deck. Hampton scored the first run for his team on a passed ball. With two outs, the Indian third bagger retired the next Hawk runner for the third out.
Byhalia’s Ryan Coon got on base on a single and stole one. He scored a couple of minutes later. The flood gates opened. Fitzpatfrick singled and drove in a run. He was followed by singles from Cory German and Charlie Lyles. The Indians would turn nine runs in the bottom of the third to lead it 16-1.
The Hawks could not make any progress in the top of the fourth and fell by 15 runs.
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