PEARL -- "Clutch" is an attribute every ball player wants, but so few ever attain.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mississippi State University leaves the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament with the same concern they had entering the event five days ago: starting pitching.
Prior to his seventh grade year, Taylor Stafford's family decided to move to New Hope. Stafford wanted a chance to play for one of the state's most dominant programs at New Hope High School, which owned five state titles at the time.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University baseball team's formula for success at the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament is becoming repetitive.
PEARL -- Lee Boyd knows it isn't going to be easy. If Wednesday is any indication, the New Hope High School baseball team just might need to post a few more crooked numbers to win its first state championship in 10 years.
HOOVER, Ala. -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State University has been without its starting center fielder. A severe quad injury has forced junior C.T. Bradford has missed the last two games of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Second-round draft choice Johnthan Banks has agreed to a four-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, leaving the team with one unsigned rookie.
STARKVILLE -- Steven Bench wasn't lying when he said he didn't plan to transfer to a school to sit on the bench. Bench, who announced earlier this month he planned to transfer from Penn State University, confirmed Thursday morning on Twitter he will attend the University of South Florida in the fall.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mikey White's two-run single in the 10th inning Thursday helped push the University of Alabama baseball team past the University of Mississippi 7-5 in an elimination game at the Southeastern Conference tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
New Hope High School's baseball team remains on a mission.
Relax. It sounds easier than you would think. After all, when you're playing in front of a packed stadium and you have hit at the top of the lineup for most of your career and you expect to do well and you are raring to go in your first full season with the varsity, things can easily get jumbled in a hurry.
HERNANDO -- New Hope High School junior shortstop Will Golsan had an idea Thursday night. It turned out to be a brilliant plan.
Taylor Stafford didn't have time to be nervous. A single, a bunt single, and a walk in the top of the first inning Sunday took care of any butterflies the New Hope High School junior might have had to start game two of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title series against Hernando.
Landon Boyd has earned a reputation for being a big-game pitcher. In his final game at Trojan Field, Boyd proved he can do damage at the plate, too.
Sunday was the ideal way for the Boyd family to cap a week. Now maybe Lee Boyd and his wife, Allison, will be able to get a little more sleep.
Like many coaches, Lee Boyd had a plan. In putting that plan into action, the New Hope High School baseball coach faced the usual decisions about playing upperclassmen and underclassmen, who would start at what position, and how he would manage his pitching staff. But an assortment of injuries, illnesses, and ups and downs this season has forced Boyd to re-assess and to reconfigure that puzzle.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The Mississippi State University baseball team is turning the annual Southeastern Conference tournament into a showcase for its freshman pitchers. The main attraction Wednesday was Myles Gentry.
PEARL -- The New Hope High School baseball team has followed a winding road with more than its shares of ups and downs this season.
PEARL -- Taylor Stafford didn't hesitate. Nearly three days after throwing more than 100 pitches in a complete-game victory against Hernando, Stafford was faced with another challenge.
HOOVER, Ala. -- The No. 15 University of Arkansas scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning Wednesday to beat the University of Mississippi 2-1 on day two of the Southeastern Conference tournament. The loss drops Ole Miss (37-21) into the losers' bracket where it is scheduled to face the University of Alabama at 9:30 a.m. today.
1. New Hope needs one more win to secure state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU uses familiar formula at SEC tournament COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Penn State transfer QB Bench picks USF over MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Mission accomplished: Trojans bring home title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS