Indians take crucial sweep in district play

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Ackerman High School baseball team heard something from head
baseball coach Patrick Nutt on Friday that they won’t likely hear again.

“I told them we hold our destiny in our hands,” Nutt said on Monday
morning. “The situation we find ourselves in is that if we win out,
we win the division. I told them I would probably not mention it
again. But they know where we stand.”

The Indians got to that point by sweeping Leake County 13-0 and 17-4
last week to move to 9-6 overall and 5-1 in league play.

While the task ahead for Ackerman is clear-cut, it won’t be easy. The
Indians were set to host league foe East Webster on Tuesday, before
visiting the Wolverines on Friday. Ackerman visits Louisville at 3
p.m. on Saturday in a non-division game.

While Ackerman began the week with just one loss in league play,
Eupora, Madison St. Joe and East Webster were all right behind the
Indians with two losses each.

The Indians rode the no-hit pitching of Dakota Brasher to take a 13-0
road win over the LCHS Gators on Tuesday. Brasher struck out 10
batters in four innings of work.

The Indians scored three runs in the second and two in the third,
before closing out Leake County with eight runs in the top of the
fourth inning.

Coty Weaver led Ackerman at the plate with a single and double and
two RBIs, while Javari Triplett had two singles and two RBIs and Cody
Harris ripped two singles and drove in one run and Devan Murphy
belted a double and knocked in two runs. Cole Burney and Logan Black
also had hits for the Indians.

In Friday’s game the homestanding Indians scored 17 runs in the
bottom of the first inning to roll to the 17-4 win.

“We really hit the ball well,” Nutt said. “They didn’t get any of our
starters out until we had scored 17 runs. We came out and did what we
were supposed to do.”

Black had two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs for AHS, while
Weaver had a hit and three RBIs. Also picking up hits for Ackerman
where Brasher, Triplett, Corey Chamblee and Harris.

Burney struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits to pick up the
win on the mound for the Indians.