Thursday, April 21, 2011
MA beats MHEA, W. Union
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy concluded its regular season with three wins.
The Patriots, who will enter the Class AA state playoffs next week, swept Memphis-Area Home Education Association and beat West Union last week to improve to 21-10 overall.
“We’re playing well,” coach Bart Jenkins said. “The kids are getting more energetic, and it’s a good feeling. I like what I’m seeing.
“Plus, we’re getting more fan support. I tip my hat to the fans and the students – they’re getting into the games.”
Joey Brock went the distance on the mound in a 4-2 win Tuesday, April 12, at Patriot Field.
Brock struck out six and gave up eight hits.
The Eagles actually grabbed the lead in the top of the first inning, thanks to a single and a two-run homer.
But MA tied it in the bottom of the third with a two-run blast of its on off the bat of Aaron McAlexander.
The Patriots later took the lead when Joey Brock doubled and was knocked home by Jacob McMinn. Kevin Fitzpatrick added some insurance when he hit a solo home run.
MA had seven hits.
The Patriots scored six runs in the second inning and went on to turn back the Eagles 9-3 in the nightcap.
The six runs in the second came on just three hits.
Elgin Lafever and Fitzpatrick led the seven-hit attack with two hits each. One of Fitzpatrick’s hits was a triple off the fence.
Evan Hickman earned the victory on the hill. He struck out four, gave up no hits and walked five in four innings. He was relieved by Cole Davis, who gave up three hits in the fifth, and Tyler Cook, who struck out five and walked one in two innings on the mound.
MHEA’s runs came on a solo homer and a two-run shot.
“I was very impressed with their pitching,” Coach Jenkins said. “We did a good job against quality pitching. I was pleased with our effort.”
Vince Hoyt smashed a two-run homer over the left field fence to end the game early Thursday at home versus West Union. The Patriots won 10-0 in five innings.
Marshall also scored three runs in the first inning and five in the second.
The Patriots had seven hits while limiting the Eagles to only two.
Hunter Vanderburg connected for two singles and two runs-batted-in. Lafever also had two singles. Josh Vanderburg also contributed two RBIs.
MA starting pitcher Dustin Allen picked up the win. In three innings, he struck out four, walked one and gave up one hit.
McAlexander threw a couple of innings in relief. He struck out three and gave up one hit.
“We had some quality at-bats, and we ran the bases well,” Jenkins said.
“We took care of business. I thought we were emotionally ready to play, and we came out and played well.”
The Patriots, District 1-AA champions, received a first-round bye in the playoffs. Next week they will face the Hillcrest-Manchester winner in the second round. It will be a three-game series with dates, times and locations to be announced.
“I know we will face a quality team,” Jenkins said. “That’s the case anytime in the second round of the playoffs
“I think last year will help, because our kids got put out early by Hillcrest. I think that will work to our advantage
“I know my kids are looking forward to it. They’ve worked extremely hard.
“We are focused and driven – anxious for the week to get here. Plus, down the stretch we’ve played extremely well. The bats have come around, and the pitching has held up all year. It’s all very promising -
“I’m extremely excited. I think all things are falling in place.”
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