April 18, 2013
The streak continues.
Marshall Academy won its seventh straight District 1-AA championship in baseball last week, taking two of three from rival Kirk.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said coach Bart Jenkins, in his third season. “It dates back to two coaches before me, too, and it’s a testament to great athletes – kids with a tremendous will to win and a tremendous work ethic.”
The Patriots scored 23 runs off 25 hits in the first two games of the district-deciding series to clinch the crown.
“It’s the best we’ve played all year,” Jenkins said. “We were more energized and had fun. A lot of hitters got the job done. We didn’t leave runners on base.”
Vince Hoyt and B.W. Langston combined for six of the Pats’ 13 hits in an 11-1 rout of the Raiders Monday, April 8, at home.
Hoyt and Langston each had three hits (including a double) and three runs-batted-in.
Aaron McAlexander and Von Watson had two hits each. Watson blasted a solo homer over the left field wall in the second inning.
Adding a hit each were Matt Rappa, Colt Lindsey and Chance Lykens.
McAlexander was the winning pitcher. He’s 7-1 on the season. The lefty struck out four, walked two and gave up five hits in going the distance.
MA’s biggest inning offensively was the third, when it scored five runs. Langston’s double was the key hit in the inning, scoring two runs.
Hoyt had another three-hit game and was joined by Watson as the Pats pounded Kirk 12-4 in Grenada Tuesday, April 9, to wrap up the district title.
Two of Watson’s three hits were triples.
Getting two hits each in Marshall’s 12-hit attack were McAlexander and Rappa (with a double). Dakota Dailey and Lykens added one hit apiece.
Hoyt earned the mound win. In seven innings of work, he struck out five, walked six, gave up six hits and hit one batter.
“We had a mission at hand – a goal to accomplish – and we played the best baseball we’ve played all year,” Jenkins said.
The Patriots, with the district championship already in hand, let a lead slip away and lost the last game of the series 16-8 Tuesday of last week on the road.
MA committed eight errors in the game. Only five of Kirk’s runs were earned.
Tucker Fant and Lykens had two hits each. One of Fant’s was a double. Caleb Jobe and Langston added one hit each.
Tucker Fant pitched the first three innings – striking out two, and giving up two hits and no earned runs. He left the mound with his team leading. Throwing in relief were Matt Miller, Lykens and Stephen Elgin.
Kirk had nine hits.
The Patriots fell 15-0 at Southaven Saturday night. The 6A Chargers are ranked fifth in the state among all public schools.
Hoyt had two of MA’s three hits – both doubles. Dailey also had a hit.
Fant took the mound loss.
The Patriots (14-11) face Prairie View (La.) in the opening round of the Class AA state playoffs. They traveled to Bastrop, La., Tuesday for game one. Games two and three (if necessary) will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at MA.
“I hope we’re peaking and playing our best baseball at the right time,” Jenkins said. “I’m super proud of this team and I hope everyone comes out and supports these kids in the playoffs.”
The winner of the Marshall-Prairie View series will meet Canton Academy in round two (the quarter-finals) next week. The Panthers received a first-round bye.
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