Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Marshall Academy baseball team split a pair of games last week with non-conference opponents in preparation for the State Class AA Baseball Playoffs.
Lewisburg 9 MA 0
Marshall could not muster any offense against one of the area’s top teams as it fell 9-0 in neighboring DeSoto County.
No Marshall batter advanced farther than second base on the evening with the only hits coming from Parker James, Elgin Lafever, Tyler Childers and John Wesley Ray.
The April 12 game was competitive into the bottom of the fifth as Lewisburg held a 3-0 lead. The home team erupted for six runs to put the game out of reach.
James suffered his first loss on the year, as his record dropped to 6-1.
“We are getting ready for the playoffs and I am trying to challenge this team with the best competition I can,” coach Johnny Ray said. “Lewisburg has a chance to win state in their classification and I knew this would be a good test for us. We have to definitely compete better to have a shot.”
MA 11 Rossville 0
On Senior Night Thursday, the Patriots wrapped up the regular season with an 11-0 victory over Rossville, sending Caleb Byrd, Tyler Childers, Parker James, Jake Omedeo and Will Patton out as victors.
Patton went the first four innings on the mound, in his final tune-up before the playoffs. He struck out seven and allowed one hit and one walk. His season record improved to 8-1.
Dustin Allen and Childers combined to throw a scoreless fifth inning as the mercy rule was put into effect.
Marshall erupted for nine runs in the third inning to build a commanding lead. Byrd led off the frame with a walk, followed by James and Lafever, who both reached with singles to load the bases. After Childers grounded into a force out, eliminating Byrd at the plate, Jake Omedeo got the Pats on the board with a sacrifice fly that was dropped, scoring James. Joey Omedeo followed with a single, scoring two runs, and Ray singled, scoring another. Josh Vanderburg’s sacrifice fly game MA a 6-run advantage. Jacob McMinn helped the rally continue with a ringing double down the left field line, scoring the seventh run. Two more were tacked on as Lafever got his second hit of the inning and Jake Omedeo walked, forcing in the ninth run of the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ray singled and Aaron McAlexander produced a hit, eventually placing runners on second and third after a Red Wolve error. Lafever collected his third hit of the game, scoring Ray and Childers was hit by pitch, plating the Pats’ final run of the game.
After the victory, MA’s record stands at 26-5.
The Patriots now look toward the state playoffs and a first round matchup with Hillcrest Christian School of Jackson.
Game one was played Tuesday at Hillcrest, with game two being played at Patriot Field on Thursday at 5 p.m. If the decisions are split in the first two games, game three will be held immediately after game two.
The winner of the Marshall-Hillcrest series advances to play Manchester Academy, which received a first-round bye, next week in the quarter-finals.
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