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Byrd defeats Neville in season opener
February 23, 2016, 7:55 am

RUSTON - Behind an 11 strikeout performance from junior left-hander Jonathan Fincher, the Byrd Yellow Jackets baseball team defeated the Neville Tigers 8-1 in the 2016 season opener for both squads Monday here at J.C. Love Field, Pat Patterson Park.

Fincher overpowered the Tiger batter for six innings, scattering four hits and allowing just one unearned run while walking just two to earn the victory. Senior right-hander Andrew Suggs relieved Fincher in the seventh and struck out the side, bringing the total number of strikeouts to 14 for the duo.

Byrd led 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh when the Jackets erupted for five runs. Offensively, junior third baseman Steele Nettervile paced the Jackets attack by going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI's. Senior center fielder Wyatt Broome also had two base hits and an RBI. Senior catcher Trent Touchet belted a solo home run in the sixth to make the score 3-0.

Byrd (1-0) traves to Zachary this weekend for the Brian Hess Classic. The Jackets will play Central of Baton Rouge on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. to start the weekend. Byrd will play Zachary on Feb. 26 then play two on Feb. 27 versus Live Oak and Denham Springs.

Friday's game against Zachary and both games on Saturday can be heard live by accessing the Byrd GameCentral Portal by clicking on


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