A tough division slate has seasoned the Oxford Chargers heading into the next stage of the MHSAA’s Class 5A playoffs. OHS coach Chris Baughman believes that nine games against teams from Division 2-5A have prepared his Chargers for what he believes will be the toughest test of the season.
Oxford opens its best-of-three series on the road at Ridgeland, the No. 1 seed from Division 4, Thursday evening. The Titans (20-6 overall) defeated the Chargers in last year’s 5A North Half title series and Baughman said they are just as potent on offense. (April 25, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford baseball coach Chris Baughman made sure he praised his team after Saturday’s 9-4 win over Yazoo City at Edwin Moak Field. The Chargers, who beat the Indians 5-2 on Friday in the first game of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs, may not have dog piled after their latest series win, but there was time to reflect and feel good about moving forward. (April 23, 2012, Page 2B)
Oxford’s 4-3 loss to West Point on Wednesday evening would have cost them them the No. 2 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, however Saltillo’s loss to New Hope on Wednesday allowed the Chargers to secure the No. 2 seed due to two wins over the Tigers during the Division 2-5A season.
The Chargers finished the year 4-5 in the division and enter the playoffs with a 15-10 mark overall. Oxford used four pitchers in the loss to the Green Wave but coach Chris Baughman has Steven Whitfield and Hunter Roth available to start the team’s best-of-three series against Yazoo City. (April 19, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford sophomore pitcher Hunter Roth didn’t realize just how important Friday night’s 5-1 win over West Point really was until after the game.
Sure, Roth knew it improved the Chargers’ record within Division 2-5A play, but the significance didn’t really hit him, or the other members of the team, until after OHS coach Chris Baughman got through talking with them. (April 9, 2012, Page 8)
It seems like a safe bet that Oxford senior James Lear will remember the last two days of March 2012 when he reflects on his high school career in a few years. One night after earning a save in Oxford’s 5-4 win over Saltillo, Lear led the Chargers to a 10-8 win over cross-town rival Lafayette at W.V. Brewer Field on Saturday afternoon. (more…) (April 2, 2012, Page 9)
Oxford concluded its annual Spring Break Tournament at Edwin Moak Field on Thursday with a 3-2 win over Independence that showed the Chargers’ ability to pitch, defend and score runs in an efficient manner.
Even though the Chargers (7-5 overall) fell behind the Wildcats 2-0, there was never any panic, never any despair shown in the dugout that a comeback wasn’t going to be made. (March 16, 2012, Page 6A)
Oxford’s first game of its annual Spring Break Tournament at Edwin Moak field came down to a couple swings of the bat Monday. Unfortunately for the Chargers, it was Jackson (Tenn.) Christian that ended up getting the best swings as the Eagles topped OHS 5-3.
Jackson Christian’s Matt Poteete hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to break the 3-3 tie and catapult the Eagles to a win in the tournament that continues through Thursday.
Potette’s home run was one of three in the game for the Eagles, who also had success in going deep in the game leading up to their meeting with the Chargers. Brad Sills, Jackson’s designated hitter and No. 7 hitter in the lineup, also had two solo home runs in the contest. His first came in the fourth inning and put the first run on the scoreboard, while his solo shot in the sixth gave the Eagles a 3-1 lead. (March 13, 2012, Page 6)
The final fly ball had barely completed its arc and began descending back to earth before Steven Whitfield began jumping up and down. (more…) (February 28, 2012, Page 9)
As Chris Baughman found out Monday, there’s nothing wrong with learning a thing or two on your birthday.
Due to poor weather over the weekend, a pair of four-inning jamboree games was rescheduled for Baughman’s birthday at Edwin Moak Field and the Chargers made the doubleheader a learning experience. (more…) (February 21, 2012, Page 8)