Keene powers BA over Central Hinds

Published 7:18 pm Wednesday, April 14, 2010

RAYMOND – The Brookhaven Academy Cougars continue to be one ofthe hottest teams in the state as witnessed by the fans at CentralHinds Tuesday night. The Lincoln County-based Cougars, behind thebat of sophomore centerfielder Bubba Keene’s two home runs, blastedthe Hinds County-based Cougars 13-1 in four innings.

With the win, BA improves to 19-5 overall and finishes a perfect8-0 in the MAIS District 4-AA race.

BA travels to Hillcrest Christian Thursday for a JV/Varsitydoubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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BA posted a 6-4 win over Central Hinds in the JV game.

Brookhaven 13, Central Hinds 1

“We wanted to continue what we did Monday night,” said BA headcoach Casey Edwards, who was referring to his ballclub’s 11-0shutout of Central Hinds in Brookhaven. “We wanted good pitchingand good defense.”

Keene would set the tone for BA in his initial plate of the game.After Brent Henderson singled, Keene sent a shot over thecenterfield fence, at approximately 360 feet, for a 2-0 Brookhavenlead. After base hits by Hunter Franklin and Tyler Parvin,designated hitter Hunter McCullough smashed a 3-run blast to leftfield. Jacob Phillip added a solo homer and BA led 6-0 after oneinning.

BA sent nine batters to the plate in the first.

Henderson and Keene duplicated their respective feats in thesecond. Keene’s 4-bagger gave him a state-leading 14th homer of theyear and an 8-0 lead for Coach Edwards.

Henderson had three singles in the game. McCullough also singledand doubled, while Keene added a base hit.

“We saw the ball well tonight and hit it hard,” said CoachEdwards.

With two hits each were Will Gatlin (a single and double), TylerParvin (2 singles) and Phillip (a homer and double). Tripp Jolly,the winning pitcher with 5 strikeouts and 1 walks, had asingle.

Central Hinds, coached by Todd Montgomery, got their lone run inthe third. Austin Biggs singled and moved to second on a DawsonWinn base hit. Biggs would later score from third on a wildpitch.

Matt Loper suffered the loss for Central Hinds, allowing six earnedruns on seven hits in the first. David Smith and Austin Sills eachmade a relief appearance.

In the JV game, Phillips, Landon Nettles, Will Lucas (2), CalebDunaway, Parvin and Newt Riley each reached base safely. Evansauthored the win for BA.