Indians head into district play with 2-2 record

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Patrick Nutt was probably shaking his head when he reflected on the
three-day stretch his Ackerman Indians endured last week.

AHS dropped an 11-10 thriller to Grenada on Thursday, lost to Winona
10-0 on Friday, then came alive to roll past Noxapater 17-2 on Saturday.
Thursday’s game was certainly a wild one. Homestanding Grenada hit
for a seven-spot in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 2-2
tie, only to have Ackerman make a tremendous two-out rally in the top
of the sixth to score eight runs and go ahead 10-9. However, the
Chargers scored two in the bottom of the inning to take the win.

“I’m very proud of the way we competed and fought and didn’t give
up,” said Nutt, the first-year AHS head coach. “We could have hung
our heads there when we gave up seven runs but we didn’t. We just
couldn’t hang on there in the bottom of the sixth inning.”

The game was shortened to six innings due to time.

Cody Harris belted a single and double and drove in two runs while
scoring another pair. Dakota Brasher also had a double for the
winners, while Coty Weaver and Corey Chamblee each had a hit and two
RBIs. Cole Burney had a big day defensively for the Indians, making
three outstanding plays in the field.

Ackerman only picked up two hits in Friday’s 10-0 loss to Winona,
with Brody Hines and Burney slapping out a single each.

“We came out flat,” Nutt said. “We were just emotionally drained from
the night before. We never quit trying, but we just never could get
it together.”

The scene was a little different on Saturday as the indians made the
trip to Noxapater and banged out 10 hits, while Logan Black and
Burney combined to throw a one-hitter. Burney struck out 11 batters
in his four innings of work.

Harris cranked out a homer, double and single, while scoring three
runs and driving in four. Chamblee had a single, double and three
RBIs for AHS, while Black and Devan Murphy had two singles each and
Javari Triplett smoked a double and drove in a pair of runs.

Ackerman, now 2-2 on the season, opens region play when the Indians
travel to Pisgah on Friday night.