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BLOG: Area baseball teams face elimination games

BLOG — A pair of area prep baseball teams will either extend their season for another week or watch it come to an end Saturday night.

Oxford and Lafayette will play the third and decisive games of their respective MHSAA playoff series. The Chargers fell to Lewisburg 4-1 in their Class 5A series opener Thursday night before rebounding in a big way at home on Friday with a 15-1 win in five innings.

Lafayette took the first game of its Class 4A tussle against Corinth with a 7-6 win at home Thursday night before the Warriors walked off with a 6-5 victory in nine innings on Friday to even the series.

The third game between Lafayette and Corinth is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch at W.V. Brewer Field. Oxford and Lewisburg will begin at 7 p.m. at Lewisburg.

Oxford (23-8) came up big when it needed it against Lewisburg, banging out 10 hits in the first inning en route to 13 runs. The frame was highlighted by a two-run home run from Jason Barber. Jack McClure finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs while Hunter Roth added a two-run double.

Right-hander Houston Roth worked three innings of one-run ball for the win to run his record to 10-0.

Lafayette’s second game with the Warriors was much tighter. The Commodores (19-12) rallied to tie the game twice after trailing 4-0 through the first two innings. Left-hander Mack Bishop came on in relief of Austin Arrington in the sixth and stranded a runner at second in the frame and worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the seventh to send the game to extras.

But Corinth got a single and a walk to put another runner in scoring position in the home half of the ninth, and Kerrigan Maness followed with a hit into the left-center gap to give the Warriors the walkoff victory.

Jake McPhail went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Lafayette. D.K. Buford and Eli Murphree each drove in a run.

WATER VALLEY ADVANCES

Water Valley made quick work of Booneville in its first-round Class 3A playoff series.

The Blue Devils (24-6) got a complete-game shutout from Skyler Defer in a 4-0 win at Booneville on Friday to complete a sweep. Water Valley won the series opener 7-4 on Thursday at Blue Devil Field.

Water Valley will play Kossuth, which eliminated Louisville on Friday,  in the North Half semifinals. (May 3, 2014)

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