Players in the Cotton States Baseball League, a wood bat summer league based out of New Albany, are finding that out the hard way this summer.
Used to the enormous sweet spot on aluminum bats used in the high school and college ranks, players are having to adjust in a major way. (June 14, 2010, Page 6)
AROUND THE SQUARE AND BEYOND: Thursday was a very, very busy day in the world of college football and the Pac-10 conference. Not only did the conference’s top football program, USC, get hit with NCAA sanctions not seen since the early 1990s, but the league expanding by one with the addition of Colorado.
It’s obvious that having USC lose 30 scholarships over the next three years and miss two years of bowl games is not a good thing for the Pac-10, but the blow of seeing the conference’s best football program hurt for the next three years was softened with the arrival of the Buffaloes, who became the first team to enter the league since 1978. (June 11, 2010, Page 6A)
Ole Miss pitcher David Goforth was arrested Monday evening and held at the Lafayette County Detention Center on charges of public drunkeness and disorderly conduct.
In a statement, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said he was informed of the situation and will handle it internally. (June 11, 2010, Page 7A)
Bo Nash’s three RBIs and two hits helped pace an offensive attack that led to a 14-3 win for the 10-year-old First National Bank Braves over the Freeland Shull Attorney’s at Law Red Sox Thursday night at FNC Park.
In other Oxford Park Commission youth baseball action Thursday, the Hunters Hollow Brewers beat the Chandler Nissan Cardinals 11-4 in the 11-12 league, while the Gilliland Orthodontics Yankees edged the Bank of Oxford Dodgers 7-5. In the 13-14 league, the Twins beat the Royals by forfeit, while Davis Logistics of Oxford Braves doubled up the Sharp Insurance Royals 8-4.
In the lone girls softball game, the Dolphins defeated Shiloh Creek Land & Timber 18-7. (June 11, 2010, Page 7A)
An opportunity for Christopher Hedglin to get closer to his family in Madison has left Oxford High searching for a new girls soccer coach.
Hedglin resigned from his teaching and coaching positions this past Friday so he could take a job at Richland.
Hedglin, who helped lead the Lady Chargers to the North Half title match this past season, grew up in Madison and attended Millsaps College. His family still lives in the Metro Jackson area and the opportunity to teach World and U.S. History opened up rather quickly, which in turn forced him to make a quick decision. (June 10, 2010, Page 6)
Redshirt sophomore David Goforth was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 31st round, while right-handed junior Matt Tracy was selected in the 43rd round by the Florida Marlins.
After struggling for most of the year — 1-6, 9.43 ERA — Goforth said he expected to go later in the draft rather than earlier, but added that he was still excited to be selected. (June 10, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Former Lafayette High School baseball standout Justin Woodall said this morning he was excited about his future with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Woodall was picked by the Rays in the 26th round of Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday despite not pitching for four seasons while at Alabama.
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Two more Rebels were selected on Day 2 of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Right-handed pitcher Aaron Barrett was selected in the ninth round by the Washington Nationals, while center fielder Tim Ferguson was picked in the next round by the Kansas City Royals. (June 9, 2010, Page 6)
A lot has changed for Drew Pomeranz since 2007.
For starters, when the left-hander was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round — and subsequently was offered “considerably less than I’m about to get” — he was hovering over a computer awaiting his name to pop up via the dial-up connection.
On Monday, he was watching himself being interviewed by Peter Gammons and Harold Reynolds on the MLB Network, after being selected fifth overall by the Cleveland Indians. (June 9, 2010, Page 6)
Great nights at the plate by Shelby Washington and Jess Edge proved to be the difference for the 9-year-old Rayner Eye Clinic Phillies in an 11-8 win over the Larson’s Big Star Red Sox Tuesday night at FNC Park.
In the other 9-year-old game, the Bert’s Plumbing Reds nipped the Smith Building Supply Twins 12-11 thanks to a game-winning single from Easton Robbins. In two 10-year-old games, the Rock Star Taxi Yankees defeated the Freeland Shull Attorney’s at Law Red Sox 7-5, while the First National Bank Braves downed the Morgan White Insurance Rays 10-3.
In the 11-12 league, the Orioles beat the McKeeson Royals 2-1, while the Chandler Nissan Cardinals beat the Bank of Oxford 12-7. (June 9, 2010, Page 6)