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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chris Baughman

Oxford pounds New Hope for 5A North Half title

Oxford has its revenge. Now the Chargers want it all. The pair of losses in last year’s MHSAA Class 5A North Half finals simmered in the belly of Oxford players and coaches for nearly 365 days. The division rivals played all season to get back to the same point, but it’ll be the Chargers playing for a state championship this time. Oxford finished off the Trojans with a 10-3 win Saturday at Edwin Moak Field. (May 17, 2015, Page 1B)

Trojans walk off against Oxford, even series

NEW HOPE — The only power Will Godfrey ever displayed was in batting practice. Until Thursday night. The MHSAA Class 5A North Half championship series took another unexpected turn when New Hope’s junior catcher used every ounce of strength he had to turn on Houston Roth’s final pitch of the night for a walk-off home run, putting an end to Oxford’s perfect season and lifting New Hope to a 1-0 victory at the New Hope baseball field. (May 15, 2015, Page 5A, 7A)

Bianco’s blast gives OHS lead in North Half finals

The Oxford High baseball team escaped with a 3-2 walk-off win over New Hope thanks to Ben Bianco’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday night. The Chargers took a 1-0 lead in the MHSAA Class 5A North Half championship series. (May 13, 2015, Page 6)

Last loss fuels OHS ahead of North Half rematch

It’s a play that’s embedded in the minds of two different sets of players for vastly different reasons. (May 11, 2015, Page 6)

Oxford cruises past Mavs, into North Half finals

Germantown scored Thursday, but the Mavericks didn’t do much else to slow down Oxford’s march through the postseason. Oxford quickly erased an unusual deficit and finished off another playoff sweep with a 12-2 win over the Mavericks at Edwin Moak Field. (May 8, 2015, Page 1B)

Barber pitches, hits Oxford past Germantown

MADISON — Oxford coach Chris Baughman is running out of superlatives to describe what he sees from his ace on a weekly basis. So are his players. Jason Barber did what he normally does on the mound and what he occasionally does at the plate to lead Oxford to its latest win. The Chargers stayed perfect at 30-0 with a 5-0 victory over Germantown in the first game of the teams’ MHSAA Class 5A quarterfinal series at the GHS baseball field Tuesday night. (May 6, 2015, Page 1B)

Chargers climb in national rankings

Oxford’s baseball team is widely regarded as the best in Mississippi. Now the Chargers are being touted as one of the best in the nation. The Chargers, which improved to 30-0 with Tuesday’s playoff win over Germantown, are nationally ranked by several publications and climbing up the pecking order with each victory. Oxford is ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Super 25 — and primed to make a jump when the newspaper updates its poll today — and went from No. 21 to No. 17 in the MaxPreps Xcellent top 50 rankings updated Monday. (May 6, 2015, Page 1B, 2B)

OHS sweeps Mustangs, advances in 5A playoffs

OLIVE BRANCH — Though he’s just a teenager, Grae Kessinger has already made a lot of memories on the baseball field. He might’ve topped them all Thursday night. Oxford’s junior shortstop returned to the place he called home for the first couple of years of his high school career and finished a triple shy of the cycle to help the Chargers finish off a sweep of Center Hill and advance to the quarterfinals of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs with a 7-1 win at the CHHS baseball field. (May 1, 2015, Page 1B)

Timely plays, hit help Oxford nip Center Hill

Oxford got one of its stiffest tests of the season Tuesday night. The Chargers did just enough to pass. Oxford’s offense broke through late after squandering some early chances to back another clean outing from Jason Barber, and the Chargers escaped in their MHSAA Class 5A playoff opener with a 2-0 win over Center Hill at Edwin Moak Field. (April 29, 2015, Page 1B)

Oxford shifts focus from record to ‘ultimate goal’

Oxford’s baseball team won all 27 of its regular-season games. But the Chargers want that number to grow to 35 before it’s all said and done. Sure, last week’s throttling of West Point in the regular-season finale was a big deal. It marked the first time in school history the Chargers (27-0) were able to run the table before the postseason started. (April 27, 2015, Page 7)

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