Diamond Indians take district victory, get set for Eupora

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

It’s Eupora week.
That’s enough to get the adrenaline rolling in Ackerman, but there
may be a little more pumping this week as it also marks the return of
former AHS head baseball coach Brad Mitchell, who will be leading the
Eagles.

The Indians, now 6-4 overall and 2-0 in district play, were set to
visit Eupora on Tuesday before hosting the Eagles Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

“I preach to them all the time that all that matters is what we do,”
said first-year AHS head coach Patrick Nutt. “It doesn’t matter who
is in the other dugout. Of course, Eupora and Ackerman is a big deal
and it makes it even bigger that Coach Mitchell used to coach here,
but we need to put all of that behind us and just play baseball. If
we can do that, we will be fine.”

Nutt scheduled a make-up game with Louisville on Monday, just to help
get his team focused on baseball as the week began.
“I’m hoping that will help take some of the edge off the distractions
of the week,” he said.

Following the two games with Eupora the Indians will then make the
trip to Kosciusko to take on the Whippets at 1 p.m. on Friday to
close out a big week against near-by foes.

AHS took a big 8-2 win over district foe Madison St. Joe last week to
jump out to 2-0 in league play. The second game against the Bruins
was postponed due to rain.

“It does give us an early lead (in the district) but everybody is
just beginning division play, so it’s still early. The one thing it
does is give our guys a little confidence.”

Dakota Brasher had a big day for the Indians against St. Joseph.

He went five innings on the mound for the winners, striking out seven
and spreading out five hits. He was also strong at the plate, banging
out two hits and scoring three runs.

Devan Murphy mashed a double and single for Ackerman and drove in a
pair of runs, while Logan Black — who also pitched the last two
innings — had two singles, a run scored and an RBI. Corey Chamblee
also had an RBI and a single for the Indians.