Indians get off to strong start in division

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Strong pitching from Cole Burney and Dakota Brasher coupled with a
big sixth inning offensively lifted visiting Ackerman to an 11-1
Friday night win over Pisgah in the division opener for both teams.

“When we set our goals at the beginning of the season the first one
was to win the first game (of the season) and the second one was to
win the first division game,” said first-year AHS head baseball coach
Patrick Nutt. “We have accomplished two of the goals we felt would
point us toward a successful season.”

Devan Murphy cracked a pair of doubles and a single and drove in two
runs to lead AHS at the plate against Pisgah, while Corey Chamblee
and Dakota Brasher had two singles each for the Indians.

“He really was our catalyst offensively,” Nutt said of Murphy. “He
started the big inning with an RBI double. It’s good to see him come
around. He has got the potential to drive in a lot of runs for us.”

The game was tied 1-1 after four innings of play, before Ackerman
struck for three in the fifth inning and then exploded for seven runs
in the sixth inning.

Burney and Brasher combined for a one-hitter on the mound, with
Burney picking up the win to go to 3-0 on the season.

Burney struck out seven and just allowed one hit in the game, while
Brasher only faced 10 batters, striking out five and not allowing a
hit or a walk.

“They both threw the ball very well,” Nutt said of Burney and
Brasher. “Pisgah was averaging double-digit runs and had only scored
less than 10 runs one time. To hold them to only one run and one hit
was very good.”

Coty Weaver, Javari Triplett, Burney, Brody Hines and Logan Black
each had a single for AHS, while Murphy scored three runs and Brasher
and Chamblee crossed the plate twice each.

The Indians, 3-2 overall and 1-0 in league play, were set to play
four games in a two-day stretch at the Alcorn Central Tournament.
Ackerman was set to face Corinth at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and
Biggersville at 4 p.m. Wednesday’s games have the Indians facing
Thrasher at 12:30 p.m. and host Alcorn Central at 3 p.m.

“This is going to be an opportunity to test our pitching depth,” Nutt
said. “With four games in two days it will be an opportunity for some
young guys to see what they can do. This week is going to to go a
long way in helping us determine our depth overall.”

The Indians will return to division play next week when they host
Madison St. Joe on Tuesday, then visit the Bruins on Friday.