Under the direction of first-year head coach Hawtin Buchanan, Biloxi remained unbeaten as the Indians begin one of the biggest stretches of play in the regular season not including region games.
Biloxi picked up two more road wins in the past couple of days, as the Indians traveled to Carriere on Thursday and knocked off Pearl River Central 15-5 as well as heading to Vancleave and handing the Bulldogs a 9-3 loss on Saturday.
That pair of wins moved Buchanan’s Indians to 8-0 three weeks into the young campaign, and Biloxi now gets ready to compete in the annual Battle at the Beach which has become one of the more prestigious prep baseball events in the state of Mississippi as well as the Gulf South region over the past seven years or so.
In the win over PRC, Bryson Pisarich packed a powerful punch for Biloxi as the senior standout mashed out four hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Classmate Ian Henry added a trio of hits to the Indians’ winning 11-hit attack with three singles and an RBI, while Judson Byars also drove in three runs. Ja’Darius Hartley and Logan Fontenelle each drove in a pair of runs apiece, Hartley’s coming on a pair of hits.
Will Miles picked up the win for BHS, while Jacob Johnson took the loss for PRC.
At the plate for the Blue Devils, Connor Dyess had a pair of hits and Johnson had a double. Kylan Schlottman drove in a pair of runs.
PRC bounced back from the loss to the Indians to beat visiting Oak Forest Academy 5-2 on Saturday as Austin Gill collected a pair of doubles and Caleb Dyess added two hits including ab RBI-single for PRC. Gage Kamlade earned the win on the hill.
On Saturday, Fontenelle wielded the big stick for Biloxi as the junior collected four hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs. Henry had another big game as well, as the Indians leading returning hitter from last year kept up his early season success in his senior campaign with another three-hit day and all three were doubles and he had an RBI. Cameron Holt recorded a two-run double as well in the winning Indian 13-hit attack.
Layton Eder led Vancleave with a pair of hits that produced a pair of RBIs, while Hunter Harper added a pair of hits as well for the Bulldogs including a double.
Byars twirled five solid innings to pick up the win, while Holt picked up a save in two frames of relief work. Harper took the loss for VHS.
Biloxi is back in action Tuesday night at St. Martin, and then the Indians start play in The Battle at the Beach at home Thursday vs. Etowah (Ala.).
Vancleave, meanwhile, is set to face Picayune in a home-and-home series this week hosting the Maroon Tide Tuesday and traveling to Picayune Friday.
Pearl River Central and George County will also meet in a home-and-home series this week.