Hard-nosed ‘Dores ready for Knights
Lafayette’s head baseball coach Patrick Robey said he didn’t learn anything new about his team after his Commodores defeated Corinth in the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs last weekend.
That doesn’t mean he didn’t like what he saw during the best-of-three series, one that ended with a one-sided win on the part of the Commodores after losing Game 2.
“I will say this, we know they’re tough kids and they’re going to fight and they’re going to compete. We took a tough loss at Corinth (last Friday night) and the attitude walking off the field was we got to learn from it and have a short-term memory and get ready for the next game,” Robey said.
Lafayette’s series win over Corinth earned a date with West Lauderdale in the next round.
The Knights are a perennial power in the sport of baseball and their coach, Jerry Boatner, has the most wins in the history of high school baseball in Mississippi, 1,089 to be exact, coming into the series.
Robey said West Lauderdale (27-2 overall) is loaded with pitching depth and is very good on defense.
“They are very strong. They do pride themselves on pitching and defense. They don’t score as many runs as a lot of people we’ve played, but they hold teams to very few runs,” Robey said.
Lafayette and West Lauderdale played each other in the 4A North Half title series in 2006, with Lafayette advancing to win its lone baseball title.
The series begins at LHS tonight and then shifts back to Collinsville for Saturday’s Game 2. A deciding game, if necessary, would be played at LHS on Tuesday night.