The Battle for Highway 589: Purvis vs Sumrall

Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 12:48 AM CDT
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PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) - On Tuesday the Sumrall baseball team will make the 23-mile trek across Lamar county to take on Purvis in a massive Region 7-4A matchup.

Then the tornadoes will turn around on Thursday, hop on Highway 589 and do the exact same thing.

“It’s the biggest game of the year, Purvis pitcher Jacob Parker said. “Everybody comes. It feels like you’re in a college atmosphere.”

“With these guys and with the Purvis guys, they’re friends and it’s a respect thing,” Sumrall head coach Andy Davis said.

“The Sumrall series is huge, Purvis head coach Tony Farlow said. “It’s been that way for at least 10 years. Usually, the game comes down where it has a lot of meaning in the district.”

The same goes for this year because once again the region will be decided in this series.

Sumrall goes into Tuesday’s game perfect at 21-0. They sit at the top of the region, but the Tornadoes will try and crash the party.

With two region losses, Purvis needs to win both games to win the region. In a rivalry this competitive, anything can happen and it has in years past.

“No matter how good either one of us are, it always ends up being a close game, Sumrall right fielder Cade Dedeaux said. “Last year we went all the way to Trustmark and we went into 12 or 13 extra innings against Purvis and they almost beat us.”

“Honestly in our series last year we played 14 innings,” Davis said. Good pitching by both teams and it came down to one big hit and I fully believe it could be that [again].”

With each program being a state championship contender every year, it’s also a great chance for the teams to see how prepared they are for the postseason.

There’s no doubt that Sumrall is probably the team to beat in the south this year so it will give us an idea of where we’re at, where we need to be and where we need to go if we want to try to make it to Jackson to play for a state championship,” Farlow said. " It will be a lot on the line this week.”

This series doesn’t just mean a great deal to both programs, but to the two communities as well.

“Such huge implications in our community and Sumrall’s community,” the tornadoes head coach said.

“Like I said this has been going on for a long time now. I know the stands will be packed tomorrow, both sides will be cheering. It should be two good games this week.”

Sumrall travels to Purvis Tuesday. First pitch is for 6:30.

On Thursday Sumrall hosts Purvis. Game starts at 6:30.

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