Thursday, April 29, 2010
Byhalia Indians fall to Lafayette
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians, nearing the end of their regular season, hosted the Commodores of Lafayette County April 20 and held their own for four complete innings. They had jumped out to a 3-0 lead and still were two runs ahead at 3-1 at the beginning of the fifth.
Mitchell Cartwright was still hurling for the Indians. Lafayette’s Josh Mills connected on one for a single and an RBI. Mills would score himself a short while later after tagging up and speeding in on a sacrifice fly to center. This made the game a 3-3 tie in four and a half innings.
Jarrett Patton was still on the hill for the Commodores. He controlled the Indians with one strikeout and two cut-offs at first. Five innings had been completed and the score was still knotted at 3.
Coach Bubba Brown switched pitchers at the top of the sixth. He sent Kevin Fitzpatrick to the hill, relieving Cartwright. He faced John Jeffrey Nelson, who rapped a double that came to earth between the center and left fielders. Fitzpatrick then took out the next Commodore hitter with a 2-2 count. He got the next batter on the same count. Luke McCullough laid solid steel on a 2-1 count and the ball zipped past the third bagger. Nelson scored on the RBI to put the visitors one run ahead. Fitzpatrick and Corey German retired the side when they jammed up a runner from third trying for home.
Byhalia went three and out after putting one on base. Six innings were complete and the visitors were up by one at 4-3.
Mills singled and moved on to second on a walk by Hunter Robinson. Patton laid down a bunt which scored Mills. The Commodores scored another when the Indians failed to make the double play. But they came back and threw out the runner at third.
Byhalia closed it out when they went three up and three out.
The 6-3 loss dropped the Indians to 9-10 on the season.
Byhalia then visited Lafayette on Friday and completed the 2010 campaign with an 8-2 loss to the Commodores.
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