BA Cougars put hurt on Copiah

Published 5:00 am Thursday, April 17, 2008

Brookhaven Academy met Copiah Academy for the second time is asmany nights on Tuesday for the final regular season game for bothteams. But compared to Monday night’s exciting 5-4 Brookhaven win,Tuesday night’s game wasn’t quite as exciting.

Brookhaven whipped Copiah 21-6 in 5 innings, improving to 17-3on the season and 7-1 in district 4-AA play. Copiah fell to 9-9overall and 4-4 in the district.

Brookhaven jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the firstinning. Kolby Byrd drew a walk and Corey Dickerson was hit by apitch before Will Gatlin drove in two runs with a single to leftfield. Gatlin scored two batters later on a wild pitch from Copiahpitcher Matthew Wright.

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Copiah responded in the bottom half of the inning with ScottyReese and Bryce Guess drawing walks before three consecutivesingles from Phillip Douglas, Matthew Wright and Trevor Blocker.The Colonels knotted the game at 3-3 going in to the secondinning.

Suddenly, the wheels came off for the Colonels. Brookhaventacked on one run in each of the second and fourth innings, andthree runs in the third to take an 8-3 lead into the fifth.

Copiah basically gave the game away in the top half of thefifth, walking in 9 Brookhaven runs before recording an out. Byrdand Tripp Jolly each had a double. Seth Cliburn and Jonathan Whiteadded singles as the Cougars plated 13 runs to carry a 21-3 leadinto the bottom half of the inning.

Copiah managed three runs in the bottom half of the inning,again on singles from Douglas, Wright, and Blocker. But Jolly gotBen Boone to strike out to end the game.

Tyler Parvin earned the win for Brookhaven, going four inningswith 3 earned runs and 3 strikeouts. He walked three.

Trevor Blocker absorbed the loss for Copiah, pitching one andtwo-thirds of an inning with 4 earned runs and two strikeouts. TheColonels sent seven different pitchers to the mound in the fiveinning stretch, but they combined to surrender 21 runs on 10 hits.The walked 14 batters for the game.

Will Gatlin led Brookhaven at the plate, going 4-for-4, withfour singles and 5 runs batted in. Kolby Byrd went one for threewith a double and two walks. He drove in three runs.

Brookhaven, coached by Stephen Cooksey, begins the MPSA Class AAState playoffs on Tuesday as the Cougars travel to Natchez to faceAdams County Christian School in the first of a best-ofthree-series.