Byrd powers past Shreve to win series

Byrd powers past Shreve to win series


Byrd powers past Shreve to win series


Byrd used a combination of big offensive innings and a masterful outing from John Snyder to top Captain Shreve 8-2 in the series finale Saturday at Shreve.

The Yellow Jackets (13-11, 4-2 District 1-5A) have won nine of their last 13, including both 1-5A series after beating Airline 2-1 this past weekend.

“We’re always positive, the dugout is always awesome and gets us up,” Snyder said. “We know we’re going to win, and that’s how you to have come in into baseball games.

“We’re just finally clicking, buying in and listening to our coaches.”

Snyder (4-1) allowed one run in his six innings, surrendering just two hits while striking out five.

Shreve’s Madison Livingston doubled home courtesy runner Trenton Starks in the first inning, but Snyder retired the next 13 batters before a fifth-inning walk.

Captain Shreve coach Todd Sharp praised Snyder’s performance while the Gators are still looking for a third starter to pair with Tanner Johnson and Livingston. The Gators (8-17, 2-4) know they have to win the district to make the playoffs.

“We’ve got guys that really compete for us … but we’re still uncertain about our (third starter),” Sharp said. “Snyder did a great job of commanding the strike zone, working in and out, changing speeds.

“He’s tough to beat, so we knew we’d have our hands full with him. They put the ball in play one through nine as well.”

Byrd collected nine hits to go along with four Shreve errors, which kept the bases full of Yellow Jackets most of the day.

After a Dylan Knotek RBI-single tied the game in the second inning, a Chance Cole two-RBI bloop single scored Knotek and Andrew Suggs and started the downpour.

Byrd added four fourth-inning runs highlighted by an Eric Miller two-run single.

The Yellow Jackets capped the scoring with a Zack Flash RBI to score Carrigan Jackson in the sixth inning to lead 7-1.

“We had some big two-out hits,” said Byrd coach Greg Williams. “Our guys at the plate are seeing the ball pretty well right now.

“We’re getting comfortable with more ‘ABs’ … and they’re just having fun right now. It’s an easy thing to say, but sometimes it’s hard to do.”

Shreve pitcher Trace Reddy (0-1) allowed four runs (one earned) in his three innings as five Gator pitchers took the hill Saturday.

The Gators play a three-game set with Haughton (11-13, 3-3) while Byrd and Parkway (13-11, 5-1) will battle for first place in 1-5A in a three-game series starting Thursday.


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