By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Patrick Nutt has been around baseball long enough to know exactly
what was at stake when his Ackerman High School Indians hosted arch-
rival Eupora last Thursday.
Just two days earlier AHS had dropped a key district contest to the
Eagles in Eupora by the score of 5-2.
The Indians responded by taking a 4-2 win that now has them in
position to be tied for first place in the district, especially if
they take care of business this week against Leake County.
“It was a good confidence booster for the boys,” Nutt said. “They
needed that win to get a monkey off their backs. It kept us in the
hunt for first place in the division.”
Ackerman goes into this week’s action with a 7-6 overall record, but
more importantly stand at 3-1 in district play. The Indians were set
to visit league foe Leake County on Tuesday, before hosting the
Gators on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
“All of the other teams at the top with us have already beaten them
twice, so it’s important for us to come out and play well,” Nutt said
of facing the Gators. “They have a couple of good pitchers, so we
can’t think we are just going to walk out there and win. We are going
to have to work for it. We just need to take are of business.”
They certainly did that on Thursday afternoon against the Eagles.
Ackerman struck for a single run in the bottom of the first, when
Corey Chamblee was awarded first after being hit by a pitch and later
scored on a single by Cody Harris.
The Indians exploded for a key three-run third inning to built a 4-0
advantage. Chamblee delivered a run-scoring single in the inning,
while Logan Black followed with a double.
“That big inning really helped,” Nutt said. “Cole (Burney) pitched a
great game and was able to keep us in it.”
Late in the game, Eupora rallied, cutting it to 4-2 and loading the
bases. But Dakota Brasher came in to shut the door and earn the save
for the Indians.
Brasher had a single and triple to lead AHS at the plate, while Black
doubled and had an RBI. Chamblee and Harris also each had singles.
Burney struck out 10 and scattered six hits and four walks for AHS to
get the win on the mound, while Brasher recorded a pair of strikeouts
to earn the save.
Earlier in the week, Eupora had rallied for a three-run third inning
to break a 1-1 tie and then held on to win 5-2.
Burney had two singles and two RBIs for the winners at the plate,
while Brasher and Black each had a hit as well.
The Indians dropped an 8-4 decision to Class 4A Kosciusko on Friday
Coty Weaver and Black each had a single and double for AHS in the
game, while Brasher ripped three singles, drove in a run and scored
one. Chamblee and Burney also had singles for the Indians.