Byrd takes first game from Brother Martin in baseball playoffs 

(Photo by JOHN PENROD, Journal Sports)


NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Robinson did it on the mound and at the plate Thursday afternoon in leading Byrd baseball to a 6-2 win over Brother Martin in a LHSAA Select Division I playoff game at Kirsch Rooney Stadium. 

Robinson pitched a complete game allowing eight hits, one earned run and struck out five in the first game of a three-game series of the second round. His two-run double highlighted a three-run first inning as the Yellow Jackets never trailed on the day. Lake Lambert’s RBI single drove in the third run. 

Lambert increased the Byrd (22-13) lead to 4-0 with a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score pinch-runner Tyler Wooldridge.  

After the Crusaders got a run in their half of the third inning, Byrd’s Zach Wilburn added an RBI single to give the Jackets a 5-1 advantage in the fourth. 

Brother Martin (21-9) got that run back in the bottom of the fourth to pull within 5-2 but couldn’t get any closer as Robinson kept them scoreless the final three innings.  

Tyler Nicholls drove in Lambert with a seventh-inning single. 

Robinson went 2-for-3 at the plate and Wilburn was 2-for-4 for Byrd, which finished with seven hits and walked five times.  

The teams play the second game of the series at 4 p.m. today at Kirsch Rooney with the Crusaders needing a win to force a game three that would follow. 

Games scheduled to be played today locally include Rummel of New Orleans at Captain Shreve and Tioga at Northwood in the same Select Division I bracket. Calvary will host Fisher in a Select Division III game. The games at Shreve and Calvary will start at 6 p.m. while Northwood made a schedule change and will play its first two games Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and the if-necessary game three on Sunday.  

Here is the complete playoff schedule for local teams:

Second round  

(best-of-three series)  

Select Division I 

No. 13 Rummel (19-14) at No. 4 Captain Shreve (22-12), Today, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Noon and if necessary 3:30 p.m. 

No. 12 Tioga (13-15) at No. 5 Northwood (27-7), Today, 5 p.m. DH; Sunday, game 3 if necessary, 3 p.m. 

No. 10 Byrd (22-13) at No. 7 Brother Martin (21-9), Thursday’s score: Byrd 6, Brother Martin 2; Today, 4 p.m. and if necessary 7 p.m. 

Select Division II 

No. 13 Evangel (12-20) at No. 4 Teurlings (20-10), Today, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. and if necessary 1 p.m. 

Select Division III 

No. 11 Fisher (17-10) at No. 6 Calvary (24-10), Today, 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon and if necessary 3 p.m.  

Non-Select Division I 

No. 9 Parkway (23-8) at No. 8 St. Amant (25-9), Today, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. and if necessary 4 p.m. 

No. 10 Haughton (24-11) at No. 7 Neville (23-10), Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. and if necessary 4 p.m. 

No. 20 Benton (21-15) at No. 4 Sam Houston (27-4), Today, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. and if necessary 3 p.m.