VIDEO BLOG: Lafayette defeated North Pontotoc 5-2 on Saturday night at W.V. Brewer Field thanks to a great pitching effort from Cody Gray. Here are Gray’s thoughts about his performance and how the team played heading into tonight’s final game in the Class 4A playoff series.
(May 2, 2011)
Led by an outstanding pitching performance from senior Zac Barber and some timely hitting early and late, the Oxford Chargers were able to defeat Hernando 6-2 on Saturday afternoon and sweep the Tigers in their second round Class 5A playoff series.
Oxford, which defeated the Tigers 7-5 on Friday night at home, will now take on Neshoba Central in the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs that begin on Friday night at OHS. (more…) (May 2, 2011, Page 1B)
Provoking a team with as much fight and talent as the Lafayette Commodores have before a critical baseball game isn’t the most advisable thing for a team to do.
One night after North Pontotoc defeated LHS 6-5 in the first game of the MHSAA Class 4A playoff second-round series, the Commodores paid the Vikings back in the form of a 5-2 win at W.V. Brewer Field on Saturday night. The third, and decisive game, of the series will be played tonight, weather permitting.
LHS (23-6 overall) was already motivated to win the second game after losing two leads in the opener, but the Vikings (21-5) only made those emotions worse prior to the contest when they gathered in center field to show how little they thought of Lafayette’s baseball tradition. (May 2, 2011, Page 1B)
Led by four first-place finishers, the Lafayette Lady Commodores finished third at Saturday’s Region 1-4A meet held at Pontotoc. LHS totaled 91 points, just three behind Center Hill with 94. Pontotoc won the girls meet with 171.
Lafayette’s boys finished sixth at the meet with 43 points. Pontotoc won the boys meet with 128 points. The top four finishers in each event advance to Saturday’s 4A North Half meet at Mississippi State in Starkville. Ten Lady Commodores advanced to that meet, while five Commodores advanced. (May 2, 2011, Page 2B)
Oxford’s dominance on the track continued on Saturday at Bobby Holcomb Field as the Chargers and Lady Chargers both won the Region 1-5A track championships.
The Lady Chargers took first place by totaling 209 points, more than double second-place finisher New Hope, which finished with 93 points. Oxford’s boys also dominated from a points total as the Chargers racked up 238.5 points, almost 150 points more than second-place finisher Hernando (90). (more…) (May 2, 2011, Page 4B)
BLOG: Lafayette’s early momentum was unable to sustain the Commdores enough to prevent a late-inning rally from the North Pontotoc Vikings in the first game of the best-of-three MHSAA Class 4A playoff series on Friday night in Ecru. (more…) (April 30, 2011)
BLOG: Lauren Rodgers’ single to right field proved to be the difference for North Pontotoc in its 4-3 come-from-behind win over Lafayette in the first game of the best-of-three Class 4A softball series on Friday in Ecru. (more…) (April 30, 2011)
Oxford’s return to the playoffs will be against a familiar foe in Hernando. The best-of-three series begins Friday evening at 6. The second game will be played in Hernando on Saturday at 1 p.m., while the third game, if necessary, would be played back at OHS on Monday. (more…) (April 28, 2011, Page 6)
One week after winning a Class 4A playoff series on a dramatic play at the plate, the Lafayette Commodores find themselves locked up in another battle against a strong North Pontotoc team. (more…) (April 28, 2011, Page 6)
COLUMN: Water Valley’s matchup against Leflore County in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs had no feel of desperation or competition to it.
Instead of two teams matching skills that were ultimately decided by one great play like Lafayette’s series with Kosciusko, the Blue Devils easily defeated the completely over matched Tigers in a doubleheader that was as lacking of a championship caliber atmosphere as you could ever imagine. (more…) (April 27, 2011, Page 8)