Top-seeded Indians get bye in baseball playoffs

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

It took some hard work, but the Ackerman High School baseball team
did what it had to do last week to finish first in Division 5-2A and
earn a first-round bye in the MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Playoffs.

“When we show up to play and bring it to the ballpark, we are pretty
good,” said AHS head baseball coach Patrick Nutt. “When we don’t show
up and we aren’t completely focused it can get really ugly.”

The Indians dropped a 16-7 decision to non-league foe Winona last
Monday, then won a wild 18-17 district contest over Pisgah on
Tuesday, before clinching the league title with a 4-2 win over
Madison St. Joe on Friday.

After playing Noxapater in the regular-season ender on Monday, the
Indians have more than a week off, before they play a three-game
series May 2-4. AHS will be playing of this week’s play-in series
between Loyd Star and Lumberton.

Right fielder Corey Chamblee made a nice catch on a ball down the
line and center fielder Cody Harris turned in a defensive gem of his
own to help the Indians hold off St. Joe on Friday.

Coty Weaver had two hits at the plate to lead Ackerman against the
Bruins, while Harris smacked a double and Dakota Brasher, Javari
Triplett, Cole Burney and Logan Black had a hit each.

Brasher picked up the win on the mound, going all seven innings and
striking out nine, while allowing six hits and issuing six walks.

Tuesday’s win over Pisgah was a unique one. Ackerman pounded out 17
hits in the game, but Pisgah combined seven hits to go with nine
Ackerman errors to score their 17 runs.

The Visiting Dragons scored seven runs in the first, before the
Indians cut it to 11-10 in the fourth thanks to five runs in the
third. The teams scored three each in the fifth, then St. Joe scored
three more in the top of the sixth to go up 17-13. However, AHS
answered with four in the sixth and one in the seventh to get the win.

Brasher came on in the top of the seventh inning to throw one shutout
inning and record the win.

“We hit the ball all over the field, but we had trouble catching fly
balls,” Nutt said. “We fell behind early, but we just kept creeping
back in all night. It was the prettiest game, but I was very proud of
the boys and the way they fought.”

Logan Black belted a double and three singles to lead Ackerman, while
Devan Murphy homered and doubled and Cole Burney, Chamblee, Harris
and Brasher each had a single and double. Weaver added two singles
for AHS, while Clay Grissom had one.

Ackerman and Winona were tied 4-4 after four innings of play before
the Tigers scored six times in the fifth and six more in the seventh
to take the win.

Black homered and singled for the Indians, while Chamblee had a
triple and single and Triplett popped a double. Brasher, Harris and
Murphy each added a single for Ackerman.