Indians clinch spot in baseball playoffs

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

With a spot in the MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Playoffs secured,
the Ackerman High School Indians headed into this week looking to
lock down first place in the district and a first-round bye.

Ackerman’s 6-1 and 3-2 sweep of last week’s two-game sires with East
Webster kept the Indians in the top spot in the district with a 7-1
league mark. Madison St. Joe is second with just two losses, while
both Eupora and East Webster started at 4-4 going into the week and
are battling it out for the third and final playoff spot.

After hosting Winona for ‘Senior Night’ on Monday, the Indians were
set to entertain league foe Pisgah on Tuesday before traveling to
Madison St. Joe on Friday for a game that could decide the district
championship.

“We’ve already clinched second place with the win over East Webster
on Friday, now we are just trying to win the division,” said AHS head
coach Patrick Nutt.

Cody Harris delivered a crucial bases-loaded, two out double in the
fifth inning to lift the Indians to their 3-2 win on Friday. Cole
Burney picked up the win by going six strong innings, before Dakota
Brasher came on in the seventh to strike out the side and earn the save.

“We had our opportunities early, but didn’t score,” Nutt said. “Cole
pitched well enough all night to keep us in it and then we got the
big hit.”

Brasher tossed a one-hitter in Ackerman’s 6-1 Tuesday win. He struck
out seven without allowing a walk. The Indians lost to Louisville 7-4
on Saturday in a non-district game.

In the 6-1 win over East Webster, the Indians scored four in the
third and two in the fourth. Javari Triplett had a double and single
and drove in a run for Ackerman in the game, while Brasher had a
triple and RBI and Coty Weaver, Cody Harris, Burney and Brody Hines
had a hit each.

Harris led Ackerman in the 3-2 win with his big three-run double,
while Brasher, Triplett, Hines, Logan Black and Devan Murphy each
singled.

Weaver had a single and double to lead Ackerman at the plate in the
loss to Louisville. Brasher also doubles for AHS, while Corey
Chamblee, Harris, Burney and Black had a single each for the Indians.