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)
Whoever faces the Water Valley Blue Devils in the next round of the MHSAA Class 3A baseball playoffs take warning: You’re going to need a bigger boat.
Paced by a potent offensive attack, the Blue Devils defeated the Kossuth Aggies 10-8 Friday night at Kossuth and went on to sweep the series Saturday with a 10-3 win at Blue Devil Field to advance to the third round. The Blue Devils will face the winner of the Mooreville and Independence series, which is scheduled to play its third and decisive game tonight in Independence. (more…) (May 2, 2011, Page 1B)
The Water Valley Lady Blue Devils, winners of eight of their last nine games, continued their winning ways by sweeping the Riverside Lady Bulldogs over the weekend in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A fastpitch softball playoffs. (more…) (May 2, 2011, Page 2B)
The Lafayette Lady Commodores’ dream of making a deep run in the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs came to a premature end on Saturday.
Led by pitcher Brianna Gable, the defending Class 4A state champion Lady Vikings knocked off Lafayette on the road on Saturday 3-1. North Pontotoc won Game 1 of the best-of-three series at home, 4-3 in eight innings.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first, Gable was able to consistently keep Lafayette’s batters off balance. (May 2, 2011, Page 2B)
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)
The Ole Miss Rebels got men in scoring position, but couldn’t come up with the big hit when they needed to early as Ole Miss dropped the series finale to No. 4 Florida on Sunday by a score of 7-2.
Ole Miss (24-20 overall, 9-12 Southeastern Conference) put men in scoring position in four of the first five innings, but couldn’t get a run home until a Will Allen single in the seventh inning put the Rebels on the board. Matt Smith added a home run in the eighth inning to move into sole possession of second place on the all-time list for home runs at Ole Miss with 41 for his career. (May 2, 2011, Page 4B)
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)
The Oxford netters made quick work of Pearl on Saturday, topping the Pirates 7-0 on the road in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Zach Wilder defeated Gary Blissard 6-0, 6-0 and Ann Marie Edlin defeated Emily Craven 6-1, 6-2 to pick up the singles points. (more…) (May 2, 2011, Page 3B)
Three former area high school baseball players helped lift the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers to a share of the MACJC North Division title on Saturday.
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