The Biloxi Indians (2-1) won the opening game of the D’Iberville Classic baseball tournament, defeating the D’Iberville Warriors 10-2.
D’Iberville struck first when Tayler Hardy drew a lead off walk that became a run in the first inning. Biloxi answered in the second when an error allowed Ben Hurtado to tie the game.
Hardy scored the second run for D’Iberville in the third after he singled, and Jamere Griffin knocked him in.
Biloxi would tie the game in the top of the fourth as the Indians turned a Jordan Skog double into a run when Ben Hurtado brought him in with a single.
The Indians and Warriors remained tied at two after six innings. Garrett Landrum returned to pitch the seventh for D’Iberville, but he found trouble early. The Biloxi bats came to life, as the Indians batted around scoring eight runs.
Jordan Mata pitched five innings for the Indians, giving up two runs, one earned, and striking out seven. T.J. Andrews retired all six batters he faced to pick up the win. Landrum pitched six innings for the Warriors. He gave up five runs, four earned, and was charged the loss.
Indians earn split in Biloxi Classic
With one swing of the bat, Biloxi catcher Craig Wilson sent a shot over the left field wall and swung momentum to his team's dugout.
The home run was a pivotal moment in the Indians 14-6 Friday night victory over the D’Iberville Warriors in the Biloxi Classic.
"Craig had some big hits for us including the three run homer that got us going," said Biloxi coach Kevin Burdine.
The three run blast was one of Wilson's four hits in five at-bats on the night. He also had two singles and a double, and he drove in six runs.
His first two RBIs came in his first at-bat when a double scored Cody Brown and Jordan Mata, giving Biloxi a 2-0 lead after one inning.
D’Iberville scored once in the second and four times in the third to take a 5-2 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, D’Iberville changed pitchers, and Wilson hit his three run blast to tie the game.
Biloxi starter Jordan Skog pitched a scoreless fifth, and Biloxi added five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Brown pitched a perfect sixth for the Indians, and Biloxi tacked on four more runs to take a 14-5 lead into the top of the seventh. The Warriors would only score once in the seventh.
Skog picked up the win for Biloxi, allowing five runs and nine hits over five innings. He also fanned five Warriors.
The Indians were not as fortunate on Saturday as St. Martin rode an explosive sixth inning to victory. The Yellowjackets scored five runs in the inning to open up a 10-3 lead, and they held on for a 10-4 victory.
Indians starter Hawtin Buchanan struck out six and allowed one earned run in the loss. Both Mata and Wilson went two for four at the plate, and Wilson drove in his seventh RBI of the season.
Former Indian and New York Met, Barry Lyons, threw out the first pitch Saturday.
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