Thursday, March 17, 2011
Byhalia falls to Tigers
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians were having a “Diamond Day” Friday. The Indians were taking on the Tigers of South Panola and the Lady Indians (softball) were hosting Water Valley on an adjacent diamond in a doubleheader.
The 4A Indians were stepping up in their weight class, taking on the 6A Tigers. South Panola is perhaps best known for its exploits on the gridiron. Friday, their batters were facing Justin Washington on the hill for the Indians. Washington gave up a pair of hits and one run before the Tigers were sent to the field.
The Indians’ first batter was called out on a technicality. Pat Malone singled and later stole third. He was left on when the fourth batter popped to left. The first inning was complete with the score favoring the visitors, 1-0.
Washington had bases loaded and working on a 2-1 count and Lee Self sent the next pitch over the left field fence. The second inning closed with the Tigers taking control at 5-0.
The Indians held the Tigers in the third but they still didn’t get on the board so the score remained 5-0, after Byhalia went three up and three down.
In the top of the fourth, Andrew Horne led off with a triple for South Panola. The Tigers then loaded the bases again with one out. Lightning struck twice as Chris Townsend belted the second round-tripper for South Panola, clearing the bases.
This prompted head coach Bubba Brown to send Dakota Downs to the hill in relief. Downs was hit in the arm with a batted ball which resulted in a confab on the mound among officials and coaches. One run was awarded the visitors, since bases were loaded, and an additional base was awarded runners on.
Charlie Lyles stroked a double to lead off in the bottom of the fourth. But Will Daughtery retired the next three Byhalia batters.
Downs struck out three Tigers in succession but by this time the score was already 14-0. Byhalia dropped their third consecutive game in the young season.
Indian hurlers recorded five strikeouts, gave up five walks, committed four errors and gave up eight hits.
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