By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Even though Ackerman hasn’t played Loyd Star in baseball this season,
there may be a little case of deja vu for the Indians when their
MHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Playoffs series begins on Thursday.
“They remind me a lot of Madison St. Joe,” AHS head coach Patrick
Nutt said of the LHS Hornets, who bring a 19-6 record into the
series. “They put the ball in play and they don’t strike out a whole
lot and they play pretty good defense.” Madison St. Joe is in the
same district as Ackerman.
Ackerman played a game last Monday, rolling to a 19-0 win over
Noxapater, then had intrasquad scrimmages on Thursday and Monday,
just to stay sharp.
“I really think the time off has helped some,” Nutt said. “It has
given them a chance to focus on something besides baseball. Now we
are just staying sharp, getting ready for Loyd Star.”
The Indians scored nine runs in the fourth inning on the way to the
19-0 win over Noxapater last week. Logan Black belted a homer and
single and drove in five runs, while Cody Harris and Brody Hines had
a single and double each and Cole Burney had two singles and two RBIs.
Javari Triplett added a double for Ackerman, while Dakota Brasher,
Corey Chamblee and Ryan Blackwell had a single each.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Nutt said of the win over
Noxapater. “We threw our three, four and five pitchers to get them
some work and they threw well. We played good defense behind them and
hit the ball all over the yard.”
Loyd Star earned the right to face Ackerman by beating Lumberton 12-0
on Saturday in the final game of the best-of-three play-in series.
The Hornets had won the first game 8-0 on Friday, before losing
Saturday’s first game 6-5, which forced the deciding game.