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Sumrall tops WV to take series

Water Valley found out what all of Sumrall’s opponents have discovered this year as the Blue Devils dropped an 11-1 decision to the Bobcats in the second game in their Class 3A state baseball championship series at Trustmark Park in Pearl. Sumrall swept the series with WVHS to wins its third-straight state title, but Water Valley coach Doug Robbins said his ballclub had a special season in finishing second in the state for the second time in five seasons. (May 28, 2010, Page 7A)

Sumrall ends Blue Devils’ season

SPORTS EDITOR BLOG —Water Valley’s great run through the MHSAA’s Class 3A playoffs came to an end Thursday afternoon with an 11-1 loss to Sumrall in the 3A title game at Trustmark Park in Pearl. (more…) (May 27, 2010)

Lafayette’s McCullough now a NWCC Ranger

Lafayette High baseball standout Luke McCullough impressed the Northwest Mississippi Community College coaches enough this season and at a tryout to earn a spot on the Rangers’ team for next season. (May 27, 2010, Page 7)

Sumrall takes first game from Devils

PEARL — Doing the little things right was something Water Valley coach Doug Robbins stressed repeatedly to his Blue Devils before they started their MHSAA Class 3A state championship series with Sumrall Tuesday evening.
Water Valley gave a solid effort in the first game of the best-of-three series against the Bobcats at Trustmark Park, but in the end it was a couple of little things that proved to be the difference in Sumrall’s 12-2 win. (May 26, 2010, Page 6A)

WVHS hoping for better results

The Water Valley Blue Devils open the Class 3A state baseball championship series with Sumrall today. It won’t be the first trip to Trustmark Park in Pearl or to the state finals for the Blue Devils, however. Water Valley advanced to the title series in 2006 before losing two of three games to Newton County.

Sports Editor John Davis takes a look back at that 2006 series in a Water Valley baseball flashback. (May 25, 2010, Page 8)

Blue Devils make adjustments for park, Sumrall Bobcats

Making the adjustment to playing in a larger ballpark and a wider, deeper outfield has been a point of emphasis for the Water Valley Blue Devils in practices leading up to their Class 3A state title series with Sumrall.

All of the MHSAA’s state championship games are played at Trustmark Park in Pearl. The home of the Class AA Mississippi Braves features a fence that is 402 feet deep in center field, 332 feet down the right field line and 330 down the line in left. All of the dimensions are bigger than almost every high school field in the state while the playing surface will arguably be the quickest any of the Blue Devils or Bobcats have played on. (May 24, 2010, Page 2B)

Blue Devils all want to be the main guy

Every team that goes on to win a championship of some kind always seems to have a turning point that helps define the season.

No matter the sport, there is always one game or one moment that plays an incredibly pivotal role in helping define that particular team.

In the case of the Water Valley Blue Devils baseball team, that defining moment came shortly after the team wrapped up its fourth game in the Oxford Spring Break Tournament. After winning their first two games, the Blue Devils struggled against Grenada in a loss and were thoroughly beaten by Center Hill in the finale. (May 21, 2010, Page 7a)

Robbins gets a haircut

SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Apparently the Class 3A North Half champion Water Valley Blue Devils aren’t just good on the baseball diamond, they’re pretty good at giving haircuts as well. (more…) (May 19, 2010)

Blue Devils get offensive in decisive win

A season built on strong team unity and an aggressive, yet productive approach at the plate paid dividends in spades for the Water Valley Blue Devils in Monday night’s decisive Class 3A North Half title series with Booneville. (more…) (May 18, 2010, Page 8)

Devils’ unity shows up Monday

Team unity and earning wins as a collective group, rather than relying on one player to capture a victory each game, has been a big point of emphasis for the Water Valley Blue Devils this season.

A strong foundation of playing together has been in place ever since coach Doug Robbins took over the team six seasons ago, but this year’s team may take that mindset to a whole different level.

Water Valley’s advancement to the MHSAA Class 3A state baseball championships Monday didn’t just happen, it was built on a season filled with caring and sharing and dedication to one another. The bond amongst the team was never more visible than just before the top of the sixth inning started in Monday’s 7-6 win over Booneville in the 3A North Half title game. (May 18, 2010, Page 8)

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