Indians end winning season in playoffs

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The Yazoo City Indians finished their baseball season with a record of 10-7 overall, and achieved a district record of 7-1 after falling to Leake Central last week.

Coach Gerald Peyton said that the pitchers for both teams brought their "A Game" that day.

"This game was one of the best pitching duels that I have witnessed in my entire life," he said. 

In Game 1 against Leake Central, Peyton said that senior pitcher Cordarious Brown carried the team into the 7th inning with a 2-1 lead.

"He got the first two batters out and had two strikes on a batter with one runner on base," he said. "A slow roller got under his glove, which could have ended the game. Leake Central tacked on four runs after that play to win the game 5-2, which was a heart-breaker for Brown and the rest of the team."

Peyton added that the defense played very well in the game, including Curdurrius Haymer who he said played outstanding for the last three games. 

Game 2 took place on the following day at Leake Central.  Peyton said that despite a well-pitched game from Henry Harris, a lack of offensive production left the team without a hit and a 6-0 loss against their opponent, wrapping up their season. 

"We had some bright spots this year as Cordarious Brown had an outstanding year on the mound," Peyton said. "Even in our losses, he kept us in every game that he took the mound.  Kory Price had a decent year at the plate, and Henry Harris was a bright spot on the mound as well."

Peyton said that he is already looking forward to next year and hopes that Claude Collum and Henry Harris will be the leaders next year as he rebuilds the Yazoo City baseball program.

He added that he expects great things from players like Manari Page, Marcus Straughter, Chris Burnett, and Anthony Brown as they put in more work this summer. 

"We will be young next year with maybe four returning starters," Peyton said. "We have some players who can be pretty good if they put in the work over the summer to get better."

Peyton added that as he rebuilds the program, he will be looking for more 9th and 10th grade students to play baseball for the Indians, as well as establishing a middle school program for the 7th and 8th graders who will eventually feed into the high school team.

"I want to thank all of those seniors and other players who put in the work this season," he said. "I would like to thank the coaching staff for their help, and also the parents and the community for their support.  It may take a minute to rebuild, but great things take time to build!"