2007-03-14 / Front Page

MCHS Pirates 'steal' a win from Dougherty High Trojans steal- - - -

by Glenda Bailey, Sports Writer

Pitcher Josh Posey puts a strike down the chute. Pitcher Josh Posey puts a strike down the chute. The Miller County Pirates Baseball Team hosted their first game of the 2007 season at Everett Field on Friday, March 6, against the Dougherty County Trojans. Starting Pitcher was senior Josh Posey.

In the top of the first inning, the Pirates were quick in getting the Trojans out in a three up and three down situation. It was in the bottom of the first, that Miller County jumped on the scoreboard 2-0 with Dane Philyaw and Alan Love scoring off of a Trojan error.

The second inning saw a great defense from both sides of the game, but in the third inning, Dougherty County came to life with the bats, scoring runs made by Watts, Carnegie, Love, and Alford. Also Pirate Russell Hart hit a single and scored off Chris Bailey's bat before the inning came to an end. The score stood 4-3, Trojans' favor.

The fourth inning brought on three more runs for the Trojans and null for the Pirates, advancing the score to 7-3 in the Trojans' favor. The fifth inning saw another more or less three up and three down situation. But in the sixth inning, the excitement came in and stayed for the Pirates' baseball team and fans. Dougherty County scored three more runs which widening the scoring gap to 10-3. But in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jake Hayman started off the Pirate comeback when he hit a single. Next up was Alex West, who pounded out a double to score Hayman. Josh Posey came to the plate, and with one strike and one ball, Posey connected on the next pitch for a double. His hit scored West, narrowing the Trojan lead, 10-5.

The seventh inning was oh, so sweet as Coach Israel put Alex West on the mound for the Pirates. West faced only three Trojans, and the top of the seventh was history. In the bottom of the seventh, Russell Hart, Chris Bailey, Jake Hayman, Josh Posey, and Dalton Snipes all scored bringing the game to a tie, 10-10. Dougherty County had two outs on the Pirates, and senior Dane Philyaw was held up at third base. What happened next -- you only see in the movies. Dane stole home base before anyone knew it, and the Pirates had won the game, 11- 10. Alex West was the winning pitcher. The Pirates' record stands at 1-2. Congratulations go out to our boys and coaches for all their hard work in a most exciting game.

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