Future looking bright for Ackerman Indians

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

First-year Ackerman head coach Patrick Nutt knows exactly what team
has given the Indians the most trouble this year — its the Indians
themselves.

“I was telling the team the other day, the only team that has beat us
has been ourselves,” Nutt said. But, don’t think for a minute that
Nutt isn’t optimistic about what this team can accomplish in 2013.

“If we can clean up the pitching and the defense I feel pretty good
about the future,” he said. “We have played well at times, but other
times we have let errors and walks kill us.”

The Indians split four games during Spring Break, Losing to Corinth
13-5 and Alcorn Central 4-3, while thumping Thrasher 10-1 and
Biggersville 17-1.

The loss to Alcorn Central was especially grueling for the 5-4
Indians. Ackerman held a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the
seventh inning before giving up a pair of unearned runs to suffer the
one-run loss. All four of Alcorn Central’s runs in the game were due
to errors.

“We made eight errors in that game, although only six were official,”
Nutt said. “Dakota (Brasher) didn’t give up any earned runs and
pitched great.”

Brasher gave up only four hits in the game, while striking out six
and not issuing a walk.

Javari Triplett popped a pair of singles and drove in a run for AHS,
while Logan Black had a single and an RBI and Brasher also picked up
a hit.

Ackerman used a six-run fifth inning to put away its 10-1 win over
Thrasher.

Coty Weaver scatter five hits and two walks over five innings of work
to pick up the win on the mound, while striking out six batters.

Corey Chamblee smacked a double and single and drove in three runs to
spark the Indians, while Weaver, Brasher and Logan Black had two
singles each. Brasher scored three runs for the winners, while Black
drove in a pair. Cole Burney also had a hit and scored a run for AHS.

The Indians banged out 15 hits in their four-inning win over
Biggersville.

Black, Devan Murphy and Brasher each had two singles and three RBIs
to pace AHS at the plate, while Cody Harris ripped a single and a
double and Triplett and Burney had a two-bagger each. Clay Grissom,
Weaver and Chamblee each had a single each for AHS as well, while
Black earned the pitching victory.

A seven-run first inning and a total of nine issued walks doomed the
Indians in their 13-5 loss to Corinth.

Harris had a single and double and two RBIs to lead Ackerman at the
plate, while Weaver popped a pair of singles and Brasher, Chamblee
and Murphy added one each.

The Indians, who are 1-0 in district play, were set to return to
league action this week when they were to host Madison St. Joe on
Tuesday, before visiting the Bruins on Friday.

AHS Softball
By Lucretia Moss
The Lady Indians took a week off of play during spring break. They
practiced getting ready for a big 5 game week this week as they will
travel to Ethel on 3/18 and travel to Philadelphia on 3/19. On March
21, the will play host to Hamilton, first division game of season.
Everyone come out and support the Indians in this big game On
Saturday, 3/23 they will travel to Houston for a tournament where
they will play New Hope and South Pontotoc.