Photo by Dillon Day
Mark Jones pitches for Byhalia in a recent summer game.
Photos by Dillon Day
Assistant coach Chris Osborne gives a “way to go” to Byhalia player Dylan Edwards.
Kyle Edwards takes a swing from the batter’s box.
Indians seeing improvement on baseball diamond
The building process continues at Byhalia for head baseball coach Hunter Gore.
And the construction is taking important strides this summer.
“I see the kids gaining confidence, and the program is getting better every year,” said Gore, who will enter his fourth year at the helm of the Indians.
His team has been busy with a summer schedule in June. He pointed to a few games – a split versus West Memphis, Ark., High School and a two-run loss to Class 6A Horn Lake.
“Last season we lost to Horn Lake 15-0,” Gore said. “That says a lot for us. That’s a big improvement for our kids.”
In the summer, the focus is on improving and trying players at different positions.
Gore has especially liked the improvement of his pitchers this summer and particularly Mark Jones, who he said has been impressive on the mound.
Team captains are Kyle Edwards and George Yarbrough.
He has also picked up three transfers, all cousins of Kyle Edwards. They are Dylan Edwards, Gavin Edwards and Jacob Edwards.
“Those three have really stepped in and contributed this summer, and they’ve become leaders, too,” Gore said.
He said playing a summer slate is better than any practice.
“It’s about getting the kids much-needed experience in game situations,” Gore said. “The kids are working hard, improving and having fun. I have a great group of kids, and they’re coming together as a team.
“We’ve been very competitive this summer. We are competing with people we couldn’t compete with the past few years.”
He thanked his volunteer assistant coaches, Chris Osborne and Jerry Kelly Jr., for their help.
And he also thanked the Byhalia community for supporting the baseball program.
When the 2018 season rolls around, reclassification puts his Class 4A Indians in a region with Corinth, New Albany, Ripley, Senatobia and Tishomingo County.
“Our district has gotten even more difficult, with the addition of Corinth and Tishomingo County,” Gore said.
“It will be tough competition, but my kids are making progress and doing well. I’m proud of them.”