The high school baseball season concluded Saturday at Trustmark Park in Pearl.The Taylorsville Tartars fell to Calhoun City 14-4 in an all-deciding game three in the class 2A state championship. Taylorsville’s season ends at 27-11 and a South State title for the first time since 2014.
The Golden Eagles took a hit from UAB on Saturday, falling to the Blazers 13-10 and dropping their third straight Conference USA series.However, junior Matt Wallner provided some momentum in the ninth inning that USM hopes carries over to Wednesday’s C-USA tournament.
The Pearl River Wildcats return to the NJCAA World Series for the first time since 2004 after winning the Region 23 Tournament in Fulton.The No. 6 Wildcats dominated No. 1 LSU-Eunice 11-2 on Saturday to claim the region crown.
In its first state championship appearance since 1996, Stringer loses a close game-one contest to Smithville 4-2.The Red Devils scratched two runs across in the top of the first inning but would not score again as the Seminoles take a 1-0 lead in the 1A state title series.
Sumrall was on the verge of taking a 1-0 series lead in the 4A state championship, until New Hope scored six runs in the final three innings to grab an 8-7 walk-off win.The Bobcats led 7-2 through four innings before the Trojans scored six unanswered runs.
The community of Soso longed for victory.West Jones saw its 2018 football team and 2019 girls basketball team fall just short of their respective state championships. The baseball program provided a long-awaited celebration.
Right off the bat, West Jones flexed its muscles at Trustmark Park in the class 5A state championships.Four runs on four hits in the first inning led to an eventual 10-1 win over Lafayette in game one of the state title in Pearl.
The fifth time’s the charm.In its fifth South State title appearance in eight seasons, Stringer finally punched its ticket to the class 1A state championship with a 12-2 win over Hamilton on Tuesday night.
Over the past twelve years, both the Sumrall and West Lauderdale baseball programs have known success.The Bobcats won five class 3A state championships since 2008 and the Knights have captured four class 4A titles since 2007.
Holding onto a one-game lead over FAU in the Conference USA standings, Southern Miss entered Saturday’s contest at Rice with little room for error with just five league games remaining.The Golden Eagles faltered, falling to the Owls 4-0 in their first shutout of the season.
After a strong showing on Saturday, the Southern Miss Women’s Track & Field team looks to defend its 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championship.The Lady Eagles sit in third place after two days at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Trey Sutton knows the feeling of defeat in a South State Championship series. Now he knows the feeling of victory.West Jones took down Pearl River Central 8-3 on Friday to sweep the class 5A South State series and advance to the school’s third state championship.
Jones battled the elements and Hinds Community College all week to pull out a series win in three games.The No. 5 Bobcats defeated the Eagles 11-0 in five innings on Friday to advance to the Region 23 Tournament at Itawamba.No. 7 PRCC joins Jones after beating East Central 12-4 in Poplarville.
Three home runs and another solid pitching performance by Walker Powell lifted Southern Miss to a 6-3 win at Rice on Friday.The Golden Eagles (32-15 overall, 19-6 C-USA) stay one game ahead of FAU atop the Conference USA standings with five conference games left.
In just two seasons at Southern Miss, pitching coach Christian Ostrander has made quite the impression.Despite losing Conference USA pitcher of the year Nick Sandlin to the second round of MLB Draft, the Golden Eagles return as the top pitching team in the conference.
Southern Miss enters the final stretch of the regular season as just seven games remain before the Conference USA tournament begins on May 22.The Golden Eagles (31-15, 18-6 C-USA) visit Rice (21-27) in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The town of Ellisville was alive on Wednesday with the sounds of baseball and softball.No. 7 Jones College opened the Region 23 tournament with a 10-4 win over Hinds Community College. The Bobcats host Hinds in game two of the best-of-three series on Thursday at 10 a.m.
The South State baseball playoffs began a day early with impending rain around the Pine Belt this weekend. Two area teams opened the semifinals with victories on Wednesday.Southern Miss signee Dustin Dickerson pitched a complete game in West Jones’ 8-1 win over Pearl River Central.
For the first time in Mississippi State softball history, three Bulldogs earned First Team All-SEC honors as sophomore Mia Davidson, junior Fa Leilua and senior Kat Moore were selected as first-team honorees by the league’s coaches, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday.
Taylorsville has grown quite familiar with the team it will face in this weekend’s class 2A South State series.Madison St. Joe has knocked the Tartars out of the playoffs the last two seasons – capturing the 2018 state championship.
Southern Miss took down the Conference USA’s No. 2 team Louisiana Tech on Saturday, reaching the 30-win mark for the first time since 2016.The Lady Eagles (30-19, 12-9 C-USA) used a three-run fourth inning to grab a 5-3 win over the Lady Techsters (39-14, 17-5 C-USA).
Though Wayne County has just two seniors in its lineup, the Lady War Eagles are an experienced softball team.Friday’s contest at North Pike will be their seventh south state series in seven years – counting both slow and fast pitch.
During the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge, Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke and former Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, along with several other college coaches, got the chance to read some of the mean tweets directed at them.
A number of Wayne County War Eagles signed athletic scholarships on Wednesday afternoon.Tanner Wells heads to Summit to join Southwest Mississippi baseball. Lasharia Everett and Bayleigh Busby both signed women’s basketball scholarships with Coastal Alabama Community College.
It’s been a week of excitement for Pine Belt players who got those life-changing calls during the 2019 NFL Draft. One mother in Jefferson Davis County is sending her second son off to the gridiron on a professional level.
It’s tournament time for the Crusaders.William Carey (23-24, 15-11 Southern States Athletic Conference) opens the SSAC tourney as a 6-seed against 3-seeded Mobile on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Montgomery, Alabama.Senior J.C. Sanner gets the start on the mound for WCU.
The hottest ticket in town on Tuesday night was at Dub Herring Park as No. 5 Pearl River Community College hosted No. 7 Jones College in a doubleheader.There were added stakes to this year’s annual “Catfight,” with both clubs entering Tuesday tied for third place in the MACJC standings.
Peters thought his football career was over when three games into his senior season with the Bulldogs he tore his MCL and PCL.Jamal Peters thought his football career might be over after tearing his MCL and PCL three games into his senior season at Mississippi State.
A long journey that began in Petal continues in Indianapolis for Javon Patterson.The Colts drafted Patterson as the 246th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday.A four-star recruit coming out of Petal High school in 2015, Patterson started four years at Ole Miss.
At three years of age, Picasso Nelson Jr. remembers telling his dad that he would be in the NFL one day. Nelson is one step closer to that dream after signing and undrafted free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday.
Keirston Paige is headed to the Division I level of college athletics, but he doesn’t have to journey too far from home.The Hattiesburg High senior signed a track and field scholarship with Southern Miss on Friday afternoon.
"I've been waking up 4:30 [a.m.],” said Picasso Nelson Jr. “4:30, before the sun comes up."There's been no shred of daylight to waste since Nelson Jr. graduated from Southern Miss as he works toward a dream of making it to the NFL.
Johnathan Abram played quarterback most of his high school career at East Marion.This weekend he’s likely to be drafted in the NFL as the top safety on the board.Abram is projected to be selected in the first two rounds of the NFL’s 2019 Draft.
In a Bassfield locker room filled with college and NFL talent, Jamal Peters always seemed to stand out. At one point, he was ranked the No. 1 high school prospect in Mississippi.However, Peters knows he’d be nowhere without his Bassfield brothers pushing him every day.