Youthful Winston Academy Patriots get off to good start

By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal

It never hurts to win your first game.

First-year Winston Academy head baseball Coach Cory Burns is hoping
his Patriots can build on last Friday’s 6-3 home win over Kirk
Academy as they move deeper into the 2013 season.

“We are a fairly young team,” said Burns, who is a former assistant
at league-rival Leake Academy. “We don’t have a single senior. We
start a freshman, two sophomores and six juniors.”

While the team’s infield play will be a strength for the Pats, Burns
realizes it all starts on the mound.

That’s where he will be counting on Channing Wall and D.K. Boydstun
to get most of the work done for his squad.

“Those guys will be our top guys, but we are fairly deep,” Burns
said. “We have four or five guys who can come in there and get the
job done for us.”

In last week’s win over Kirk, Wall struck out 10 batters, while
giving up just four hits. He also went two-for-three at the plate,
while cousin Braxton Wall had a pair of hits, including the first
homer of his career.

Michael Miller is at third for WA, with Braxton Wall at shortstop,
freshman Brody Burchfield at second and Kenny Wright at first base.

Taylor Moody will be behind the plate, while Mackey Bradberry will
provide depth at catcher as well.

Carter Lane Jones is slated for left field, with Logan Webb in center
and Boydstun and Channing Wall in right.

The Patriots will be competing in a strong district along with Leake,
Manchester, Oak Hill, Canton and Immanuel Christian.

Winston is set to travel to Grenada to visit Kirk on Monday, before
then paying a visit to Immanuel for a district game on Tuesday.

Immanuel will return the favor when it visits WA on Thursday, March 7.