Thursday, March 17, 2011
Indians sweep Rebels
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians were at home Saturday, taking on the Rebels of Hickory Flat in a doubleheader.
Indian hurler Pat Malone went the distance in the 5-1 decision in game one, giving the Indians their first win of the season.
The Rebels struck quickly in the top of the first, scoring three runs in rapid succession to start the second contest. Timothy Tatum got a run-batted-in and the other two came on Indian errors.
Jalen Applewhite, southpaw hurler, was on the mound for Byhalia.
Charlie Lyles was the leadoff man for Byhalia and he banged a double, then stole third. Malone was next and stroked a triple to left field. He sent Lyles home. Cory German dropped one in front of the center fielder and bumped Malone in. The first inning was completed when Byhalia grounded out to first. The visitors were leading 3-2.
Aaron Brigance was on the mound for Hickory Flat. The bases were loaded when German hit a hard grounder which got past the third bagger. The Indians scored three, going up by two. The runner who was carrying the sixth score was out at the plate, retiring the side.
A Rebel got on base and then scored on a first-base error. Two and a half innings were completed with the Indians leading by one at 5-4.
The bases were empty in the top of the fourth, two outs and a 1-2 count. when Paul Teel tagged one solidly for a round-tripper, tying the score.
Applewhite then retired the side on strikeouts.
In the Indians’ turn at bat, Malone reached the fence on a triple and was then sent on home on a double by German. The Indians were working with one out left and scored two more runs.
Applewhite registered his eighth strikeout, retiring the Rebels in the top of the fifth and giving the Indians their second win at 8-5.
Byhalia collected seven hits, made seven errors and stole six bases.
The Indians will visit Lewisburg next Tuesday, March 22, for a district contest. The junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m.
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