Young Indians strike quickly

By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal

AMORY – The Itawamba AHS Indians and the Hamilton Lions baseball teams have a pretty high level of expectation each baseball season.
But both squads are dealing with youth and inexperience in 2013, and Indians youth won out Friday with a 3-0 victory in action at the Amory Tournament.
“It’s good to get any win because our bunch is so young,” Itawamba head coach Brian Long said. “I think most of our team is just a couple of years away from watching cartoons on Saturday.”
Itawamba (2-2) fielded one senior, one junior, five sophomores and two freshmen, and showed enough patience at the plate to score all the runs they would need in the top of the first inning thanks to five walks and one hit
That was enough for Indians starter Clay Coleman (2-0), who pitched all five innings in the time-limit contest. The senior scattered five hits, and survived Hamilton threats in the first and third innings.
“We have no experienced pitching,” Hamilton head coach Lewis Earnest said. “Without the five walks, I think its still 0-0, and we’re still playing.
“Our pitchers have got to throw strikes, and we have to do a better job batting.”
Hamilton, which has graduated eight seniors each of the previous two seasons, got hits from McKeller Conwill and Caleb Garvin in the bottom of the first with one out, but failed to do any damage.
Then in the third inning, the Lions loaded the bases with one out, which included a single by Garvin, but again failed to push any runs across the plate.
“Early in the game, we showed some patience at the plate,” Long said. “It’s tough for anybody playing in this weather.”