Patriots in thick of baseball playoff hunt

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

Winston Academy head baseball coach Cory Burns is well aware that at least three good baseball teams out of his team’s district won’t qualify for the MAIS State Baseball Playoffs. He’s just trying to make sure his Patriots are one of the two that will.

“We have a very good conference,” Burns said. “Canton is 5-1 and both us and Manchester are 4-2 and Tri-County, the defending state champions, are 3-3. Everybody’s (overall) record is above .500.”

The next two weeks will tell a lot about WA’s playoff fate, as the Patriots were set to face Manchester twice this week and Canton twice next week. Manchester was set to visit WA on Tuesday, with the Pats traveling to Yazoo City to take on the Mavericks on Thursday. Next Tuesday Winston travels to Canton, while the Pats host CA on April 10 to close out the regular season.

“It all comes down to these two weeks.” Burns. “The teams that play the best right here will make it.”

The Patriots split a pair of district games with Oak Hill last week, taking a 7-5 win on Tuesday before dropping a 15-5 decision to the Raiders on Wednesday. Then on Monday the Patriots swept a non-league doubleheader from Central Academy by the scores of 14-0 and 14-4.

Tyler Moody had a huge two games against Oak Hill, going 8-for-8 at the plate over the two-day span.

Kenny Wright picked up the win on the mound for the Pats against Oak Hill, while Moody and four singles and Reed McCool, Logan Webb, Wright, Jesse Boydstun and D.K. Boydstun had a single each. Moody closed out the game on the mound to earn the save.

WA issued nine walks and hit four batters in the 15-5 loss to OHA the next day. Moody had four hits for the Pats in the game, while Jesse Boydstun had two singles and McCool and Rylee Pearson picked up a hit each.

Freshman Peyton Allen had two hits at the plate and was also the winning pitcher in the 14-0 win over the CA Vikings from Macon. D.K. Boydstun had three singles, while Wright smoked a double and a single and Rylee Pearson had a pair of singles.

D.J. Boydstun popped a triple and double in the 14-4 win in the nightcap, while Bradley Stapleton had a double and single and Pearson and Wright each popped a two-bagger. Moody had two hits in the game, while Allen and Webb added one each. Webb, in his first varsity start on the mound, was the winning pitcher.