Thursday’s crosstown doubleheader between Oxford and Lafayette’s baseball teams provided plenty of positives and learning experiences for the two squads involved.
For coach Greg Lewis, whose Commodores won Game 1 4-3 before dropping the nightcap 11-8, he was glad to see improved defense from his infielders.
“Defensively I liked it a lot better,” he said. “We had freshmen at second, short, third and behind the plate. Got to like that if they make the plays their supposed to. We have some guys in the outfield we’re going to have to count on to get there later.”
Lewis seemed to be particularly encouraged by the brother battery of John Murphree pitching in relief to brother Eli behind the plate.
With the game tied and the bases loaded, John entered the game in the fourth inning and was able to get a pop out and a fly out on two pitches to end the Oxford threat in Game 1.
The Commodores then pushed outfielder D.K. Buford across the plate on a sacrifice bunt for the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning.
John struck out two without surrendering a hit in his 2.2 innings of work. (June 10, 2011, Page 9A)