[news[ Rain pushes back AHS-Loyd Star series

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

Due to inclement weather, the third and deciding game of the MHSAA
Class 2A Baseball Playoff series between Loyd Star and Ackerman
wasn’t set to be played until Tuesday at 5 p.m.
AHS head coach Patrick Nutt had hoped to be able to get the game in
on Monday, but the weather didn’t cooperate, forcing the game to be
moved back another 24 hours.
Whenever the game finally gets played, Nutt expects to send senior
right-hander Dakota Brasher — who started game one of the series — to
the mound.
The first two games of the series had totally different looks to
them. Last Thursday the Indians took a 5-4 come-from-behind win at
Ackerman, before dropping a 14-4 decision at Loyd Star on Saturday.
“In the first game we just kept fighting and never let it get out of
hand and that gave us a chance to win at the end,” Nutt said. “We
didn’t play our best either game, but in the first one we kept
pitching and keep playing defense and we had a shot to win it at the
end.”
On Thursday, the Indians trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the
seventh with the bottom of the order coming up. After a walk to Devan
Murphy and a strikeout by the next hitter, Brody Hines looped a
single over the second baseman’s head. An 11-pitch at bat by Brasher
led to a walk that loaded the bases. Coty Weaver then fouled off a
couple pitched to draw another walk and force in pinch-runner
JaMarcus Bradley.
After Loyd Star inserted a new pitcher, Logan Black greeted him with
a first-pitch double in the gap that scored the game-winning runs.
Two of the three hits Ackerman had in the game came in the crucial
seventh inning. The other AHS hit in the game was a single by Javari
Triplett.
Brasher went the distance to get the win, striking out five and
scattering six hits and two walks.
The second game saw the Indians take a 4-3 lead in the top of the
third on a three-run homer by Cody Harris. That was short-lived,
however, as the Hornets scored one in the third and one in the fourth
to regain the lead before hitting for six in the fifth inning to take
control of the game.
Cole Burney had a double and a single for AHS, while Triplett had a
pair of singles and Black, Weaver and Brady Cagle each added a single.