Fans from both D'Iberville and Biloxi and baseball fans in general turned out to watch the Warriors and Indians play in the home stadium of the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers.
There was great enthusiasm displayed by both sides Friday night. The "Battle of Back Bay" was slated to be played Thursday night, but due to rain the game was postponed until the following night.
Biloxi High School athletic director Tom Gladney says high school games are slated to be held on Thursday's at MGM Park to give local teams an opportunity to play in the big stadium. He was extremely pleased with the fan turnout on Friday.
D'Iberville pitcher Andrew Bird started the game and he was on fire early. He struck out the side in the bottom of the first and had 6 strikeouts in the first 7 Indians he faced.
Biloxi pitcher Austin Creel ran into a little trouble in the top of the second. He hit a batter and Chris Harris followed with a single into left field, placing Warriors on first and second with two outs.
Creel would strike out the next batter to get out of the early jam.
The Indians would strike in the bottom of the sixth inning. Elijah Nelson stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. He slapped the ball to the left side of the infield, giving the runner at third enough time to score the games first run. Bird, who had seven strikeouts, was called for a balk with the bases loaded and the Indians grabbed a 2-0 lead.
Creel would post the shutout win with seven strikeouts.
Bird took the loss and like Creel displayed plenty of promise. Bird's fast ball is now reaching the upper 80s.
There's no doubt high school baseball players are having a great time playing at MGM Park. It's a big thrill for these young men, their parents and the fans.
More high school baseball games are forthcoming. Bay High and West Harrison meet at MGM Park on March 10. Ocean Springs and Gulfport play in the stadium on March 17 with St. Stanislaus and Pascagoula playing on March 18. Gulfport and St. Martin square off at MGM Park on March 24 and Hancock and Harrison Central on March 31. Tickets for the high school games are $10.
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