April 25, 2013
Marshall Academy used a big bat and a crafty arm to send Prairie View (La.) packing in the playoffs.
Vince Hoyt drilled two home runs and Matt Miller pitched a one-hitter as the Patriots spanked the Spartans 7-0 Friday night.
“Vince (Hoyt) and Matt (Miller) did a great job,” coach Bart Jenkins said. “We got some timely hits and pitched well.”
The home victory came after an 8-6 road win on Tuesday of last week. Matt Rappa had three hits in that one, including two doubles.
Next up for MA is a quarter-final series versus Canton Academy. Game one was Tuesday on the road. The Pats will host games one and two (if necessary) Friday starting at 5 p.m.
Coach Jenkins said he has seen flashes of his baseball team being “really, really good.” He also believes Marshall’s best baseball awaits.
“We have continued to get better,” Jenkins said after the Friday night win. “I think we are coming together.”
MA built a 7-1 lead at Bastrop, La., but had to hang on for the 8-6 win.
The Patriots had nine hits but also committed three errors.
MA’s biggest inning was the third, when it scored three runs. The Spartans scored four in the fifth.
In addition to Rappa’s three-hit performance at the plate, Aaron McAlexander and Hoyt had a single and two runs-batted-in apiece. Also adding a hit each were Dakota Dailey, Von Watson, B.W. Langston and Josh Mask.
McAlexander pitched the full seven innings for the mound victory. He struck out three, walked one and gave up eight hits.
It was the Hoyt and Miller show in game two of the series as the Patriots blanked Prairie View 7-0.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third. That’s when Hoyt launched a three-run bomb over the center-field wall. MA added one more run in the inning when Watson scored on a wild pitch.
One inning later Hoyt made it 6-0 with another swing of the bat. This two-run shot was well over the left-field fence.
Hoyt picked up his third hit and his sixth RBI of the game in the sixth. His single up the middle scored McAlexander, who had gotten a hit.
Meanwhile, Miller kept the Prairie View batters off balance all evening long with a full dose of off-speed pitches. He struck out five and gave up just one hit, that being to the second batter of the game.
Others getting hits for the Patriots were Watson, Rappa and Mask.
Dailey, at shortstop, had a “lot of good defensive plays” in the game, Jenkins said, including a back-handed stop and throw to first to end it in the bottom of the seventh.
“Hopefully, we can continue to improve,” said Jenkins, whose squad improved to 16-11.
He said Canton will be a challenge.
“They have a lot of pitching depth and some speed,” Jenkins said. “They’re a well-coached baseball team.
“We have to hit the baseball, from the top to the bottom of our lineup. We have to put the ball in play.”
The winner of the Marshall-Canton series will face the winner of the Kirk-Central Hinds series next week for the north half championship.
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