Central Private prevails again

Published 5:00 am Thursday, May 1, 2008

Brookhaven Academy saw its 2008 baseball season come to an endWednesday night as the Cougars fell 7-4 to the visiting CentralPrivate Rebels. The Rebels won the MPSA Class AA best-of-threeseries two games to none.

On Monday night, the Rebels had won a 5-4, 12-inning marathonover the Cougars at Baker, La.

Early on it looked to be a pitcher’s duel as neither team couldregister a hit through the first two innings. In the top of thethird, the Rebels were able to hang four runs on Brookhavenstarting pitcher Tyler Parvin. Thomas Bourgeous crushed a three-runhomer to left field and Rebel starting pitcher Gage Wilkinsonhelped his own cause with a RBI single.

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The Rebels added three runs in the top of the fifth to give thema 7-0 lead.

Brookhaven answered back in the bottom of the inning with Cougarcatcher Kolby Byrd blasting a three-run shot over the right fieldwall. The Cougars were able to add one more run in the bottom ofthe seventh on a RBI single by Parvin.

Wilkinson earned the win for the Rebels, pitching seven inningswith 10 hits and four earned runs. He walked 4 and struck out5.

Parvin took the loss for Brookhaven. He pitched four innings,giving up 7 earned runs on 4 hits. He walked four and struck out2.

Central Private (29-2), the three-time defending state champion,advances to meet Copiah Academy in the South State finals in abest-of-three series. Copiah’s Colonels eliminated Centreville inanother second round series and visits the Rebels Tuesday night fora 6 p.m. test. On Thursday, May 8, Copiah hosts the Rebels inGallman, also at 6 p.m.

Parvin led Brookhaven at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI.Kolby Byrd was 1-for-4 with a home run and three runs driven in.Corey Dickerson went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

Brookhaven, coached by Stephen Cooksey, ends its season with a20-5 mark.