Thursday, March 8, 2012
MA downs Prep
By BARRY BURLESON
Four hours after losing to Jackson Prep in basketball, the Marshall Academy Patriots beat the big school on the baseball diamond.
Class AA Marshall fell to Class AAA Prep by five Saturday afternoon in the Overall Basketball Tournament championship game at Mississippi College in Clinton.
Some of the basketball players, who also play baseball, then traveled about 20 minutes to join their baseball teammates, as did many MA fans.
It impressed Prep coach Chuck Box, who made a rare talk to the opposing team after the Saturday night game.
“What you did was impressive – to lose a heart-breaking basketball game and then have the competitiveness to come and play baseball,” he said. “That says a lot about you. That’s awesome – a lot of character on your part.”
Marshall head coach Bart Jenkins said he was proud of his entire team for its performance versus Prep and appreciative of Box’s kind words.
“I’m happy to be where I am (at Marshall Academy),” he said. “From top to bottom, our kids give a tremendous effort day-in and day-out.”
Cole Davis earned the pitching win and Evan Hickman got the save as Marshall defeated Prep 7-6.
The visitors got four of their runs in the top of the first. Elgin Lafever led off the game with a hit. Matt Rappa, Hickman, Vince Hoyt and Jacob McMinn each knocked in a run.
Prep scored two in the bottom of the fourth.
MA padded its lead in the top of the sixth – getting three runs on two hits and two Prep errors. McGreger and Aaron McAlexander had an RBI apiece. The margin was 7-2.
Prep had a big bottom of the sixth. The home squad scored four runs on three hits and two Marshall errors.
Hickman entered and struck out two to preserve the 7-6 advantage.
The MA offense went three-up and three-down in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom, Hickman struck out the first two batters, and after a Prep hit up the middle, he got a ground ball to second baseman McGreger for the third out to end the game.
Davis struck out two and gave up six hits.
Hickman fanned four and gave up two hits.
Lafever had two of Marshall’s seven hits.
MA’s record improved to 3-4. Other wins were over Tunica and Memphis-Area Home Education Association. Losses were two to Magnolia Heights and one each to MHEA and Heritage Academy.
Coach Jenkins said some younger guys were able to get valuable experience filling in for baseball starters on the basketball team.
“It helped us develop the younger kids and has given us more depth,” he said.
The Patriots start District 1-AA play this week – hosting Carroll Tuesday and visiting Carroll Thursday at 4 p.m. They host Center Hill Saturday at 12 noon. Next week they will play in the Oxford Tournament – versus Senatobia Monday, March 12, at 9 a.m.; versus Lafayette Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m.; versus South Panola Wednesday, March 14, at 11:15 a.m. and versus Center Hill Wednesday, March 14, at 3:45 p.m.
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