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Barons Baseball ends season at the Nationals

Disappointing 5-4 loss to Kansas Wesleyan

Listen to an interview of Coach Boo Mullins

by Collins Knighton (Vidalia Communications)


Joey Delgado
Baron Joey Delgado (19), SSAC Pitcher of the Year, is on the mound in the Brewton-Parker Barons versus Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes game May 19 at the Opening Round of the NAIA National Baseball Tournament. (Photos by Norman Winter)

MOUNT VERNON— The Brewton-Parker College Barons Baseball team suffered a disappointing loss to the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes Wednesday, May 19, to bringing their season and national championship hopes to an end for 2010.


Barons pray
The Brewton-Parker Barons Baseball Team, led by Head Coach Boo Mullins and Assistant Coach Joey Russell, take a moment to pray together before the game at Belhaven University, Jackson, Miss.

The Barons led for most of the game, and took a 4-2 lead into the top of the ninth inning.  Back to back singles by Tanner Griffin and Jake Bowyer put runners at first and second for Coyote lead off hitter Travis Irwin.  Irwin, the Coyotes leading hitter, did not let the opportunity go to waste, as he sent a 2-1 fastball deep over the left field fence to give the Coyotes a 5-4 lead. 


The Barons were able to escape the ninth with no further damage, and in the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Stevens led off with a single to put the tying run on base. 


Unfortunately, the Barons were not able to push Stevens across in their half of the inning, thus ending the Barons championship run.


This loss marked the second for the Barons at the NAIA National Baseball Tournament’s Opening Round in Jackson, Miss. The first loss was to opening round host Belhaven University, 10-4, Tuesday, May 18. The Barons, ranked 22 nationally in the final NAIA Poll, were seeded third in the opening tournament; Belhaven, second, and Kansas Wesleyan, fifth.


Brandon Stevens
Brandon Stevens (17) brings in a run for the Barons during the May 19 game against Kansas Wesleyan.

“The boys weren’t worried about being in the losers’ bracket of the tournament,” said Coach Boo Mullins about the feeling in the dugout going into Game Two. “We’ve played from behind before. I think they probably felt more pressure in the first game, just because it was the opening game of the tournament for us, on a stage we haven’t been on in a while at Brewton-Parker.


“We were able to get on the board early, and get a lead, but we didn’t capitalize on some opportunities later to put the game out of reach,” continued Coach Mullins. “The boys still felt good going into the ninth with a two-run lead and our ace (Joey Delgado) on the mound, but Joey got himself into a little trouble, and we gave their best hitter a chance to beat us. You have to give Irwin credit; he made the most of his opportunity and put a good swing on a good pitch, and gave his team the lead.”


Derrick Fox was the Barons’ leading hitter in the tournament, going 4-9, with a double. Daniel Eaton and Ben Gillespie threw a combined six and third innings of scoreless relief.

Game Two recap by Belhaven University:


Kansas Wesleyan (33-18, 5th seed) jumped on the board first in the top of the second on an RBI single by Kyle Lynch. Brewton-Parker (40-18, 3rd seed) responded to grab a 3-1 edge with three runs in the bottom of the second. Brandon Stevens had a run scoring base hit, Kale Lewis brought in a run on a squeeze bunt and courtesy runner Ryan Lummus crossed the plate on a wild pitch. The Barons went on to ad another tally in the third on a base hit by Gary Stauff to make it 4-1 Brewton-Parker.


Kansas Wesleyan scratched together a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Hook to pull within two at 4-2. No one would score again until the ninth when Irwin cleared the bases with a three run homer over the wall in left field that proved to be the game winner for Kansas Wesleyan.


Matt Royal earned the win in relief pitching 2.1 innings allowing no runs on two hits and improves to 6-3 on the season. Kurri Darby and Kyle Lynch each had three hits while Irwin had the home run and three runs batted in to lead Kansas Wesleyan at the plate.


Joey Delgado suffered the loss for Brewton-Parker as he allowed all five runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts. Delgado ends the season with a record on the mound of 9-3. Randall Shepherd had three hits in four bats to lead the Barons in hits. Stauff and Stevens had two hits and one run batted in each.


Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.


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Updated on: May 26, 2010 10:26 AM