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Columbus avenges loss to South Panola


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Nick Durrah was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and five RBIs Thursday night to lead the Columbus High School baseball team to a 13-7 victory against South Panola in a Class 6A, Division 2, District 4 game at Columbus High. 


The win helped Columbus (9-8, 2-2 district) avenge a 3-2 loss in eight innings to South Panola on Tuesday. 


Stefan Hairston had three hits, including a triple, and Tyji Hawkins (home run), Josh Tentoni, and Jimmy Cockrell each had two hits. 


Freshman Christian Dale picked up his second win of the season in relief of Hawkins, who started the game. 


South Panola opened the scoring with a run in the first inning, but Columbus answered with a two-run home run by Durrah in the bottom half of the inning. 


South Panola added three runs in the third before Dale came in to stop the Tigers. 


Hawkins led off the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to left field. The Falcons six runs in the inning to take an 8-4 lead. 


Durrah had a bases-clearing double in the fifth to make it 13-4. 


South Panola scored three in the sixth to account for the final score. Hairston recorded the final three outs. 


n Pickens Academy 13, Central Academy 1: At Macon, Bryant Fikes didn''t allow a hit in pitching the Pirates to a victory Thursday. 


Fikes (3-0) walked four and struck out 12. 


The leading hitters for Pickens Academy (9-2) were Kirk Lewis with a double, three singles and three RBIs, Chase Davidson with three singles and an RBI, Cody McDaniel with two singles and five RBIs, Fikes and Josh Jones with two singles each, Ben Beasley and Forrest Lewis with an RBI single each, and Casey Jones, Michael Potts and Brett Trull with a single each. 


Pickens Academy plays host to Marengo Academy at 4 p.m. today. 






n Central Academy 7, Russell Christian 3: At Meridian, the Lady Vikings allowed three runs in the first inning and then didn''t give up another run to rally for a victory Thursday. 


Central (9-0) rallied with two runs in the second inning, two in the fourth and three in the seventh. 


Corey Dawkins accounted for the runs in the seventh when she hit her second home run of the season. 


The rest of Central''s hits were singles by Megan Banks, Marion Colvin, Alex Dawkins, Lillian Lindsey Julianna Persons, Layne Reed, Veronica Rodriguez and Kendall Taylor. 


Colvin (9-0) was the winning pitcher. 


Central''s next game is Tuesday at Lamar School in Meridian. 




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