Thursday, March 14, 2013
Young Indians start 0-5
By BARRY BURLESON
Jermaine Johnson knows winning won’t come easy for his young Byhalia baseball team in 2013.
The second-year head coach has 26 players and 18 of those are in ninth grade and below.
“I’ve seen some bright spots, and all in all, we’re playing well at times,” Johnson said. “We have to get consistent – put together a complete game.
“This is a good group. We just have to keep working and improve.
“The younger kids have some baseball experience, just not enough high school experience.”
The Indians started Region 3-3A play Friday with a 14-1 loss to Winona.
Their record went to 0-5 overall.
Earlier in the season, they dropped two to Rosa Fort, one to Senatobia and one to Potts Camp.
Johnson said his squad trailed Rosa Fort 11-9 in one of the games and had the bases loaded, but the Lions turned a double play to end it. Byhalia lost the other to Rosa Fort by a 14-13 final.
The Indians fell to county rival Potts Camp 12-2.
They trailed Senatobia 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth but costly errors led to a 14-4 loss.
“It just comes with the territory of being young,” he said.
Byhalia has three seniors – Stephen Pannell, Andrew Rodgers and Jordan Boyd.
After spring break, the Indians travel to Winona on Tuesday, March 19.
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