The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team wants to continue its climb.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior outfielder Brittany Gates has a simple reminder.
New Hope High School carried a region championship and tons of momentum into the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A baseball playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Even after pitching a complete game on the mound, Starkville High School senior pitcher Nick Brooks' best role was a cheerleader for the highlight worthy defensive plays made behind him.
STARKVILLE - The plan for the Mississippi State baseball lineup is very specific. They want to see action in the visitors bullpen early and often.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Jones can attest that the job as baseball coach at Starkville High School always has had cachet.
STARKVILLE -- Fletcher Cox has a chance tonight to be the highest Mississippi State University player taken in the National Football League draft in a generation. Nearly every draft expert projects the defensive tackle will be taken in the top 10.
STARKVILLE -- Jacoby Davis became the first signed prospect Wednesday for new Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray.
WEST POINT -- First impressions at speaking engagements are extremely important for new coaches. New University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze is trying to impress at 16 of those engagements this week as the Rebel Road Tour treks through Mississippi and into the states of Tennessee and Alabama.
WEST POINT -- Pat and Judy Clark, of Columbus, have been attending football games at the University of Mississippi almost all of their lives.
CALEDONIA -- Trey Lancaster's slow shake of the head is a telling sign for anyone who has swung a bat. Whether it is fastballs or curveballs, pitchers with command of the strike zone, or pesky mechanical quirks, hitters have a variety of things that can wreak havoc with their batting averages and cause them to second- or triple-guess their approach.
HAMILTON -- Don't worry if you don't see a baseball. Be more concerned with the noise you hear from the Hamilton High School baseball team.
Andy Kirk didn't know what to expect from Kristyn Atkins and Anna Holley. On one hand he had a pitcher who was coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in her shoulder. On the other hand the first-year Itawamba Community College softball coach had a high school standout who was recruited to be an infielder win the starting job as catcher.
PEARL -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen said his team needed to make it easier to manufacture runs. It can't get much easier than hitting the ball over the fence.
PEARL -- Nick Routt knew he wouldn't have any excuses if he didn't perform Tuesday night after a long layoff.
The New Hope High School baseball team may be strongest up the middle. Any coach will tell you that they like their squad's chances if they have dependable players at catcher, pitcher, center field, and in the middle infield positions.
STARKVILLE -- In his 29 seasons as baseball coach at Starkville High School, Danny Carlisle knows pitching and defense can carry a team in the postseason. That is why he's excited as he prepares for his final playoff run as leader of the program. The Yellow Jackets have two senior pitchers they can count on to give them a chance against any team.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team took the first step Tuesday night to settle unfinished business. Rising senior quarterback Gabe Myles threw two touchdowns to lead Starkville to a 17-8 victory against Columbus High in a spring football game.
SCOOBA -- Kate Neely and the East Mississippi Community softball team are ready for a clean slate. The EMCC coach and the Lions will get just that Thursday when they will take on fifth-ranked Jones Junior College (36-7, 22-2 MACJC South Division) at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the MACJC state tournament. The eight-team, single-elimination tournament will run through Friday at Itawamba C.C. in Fulton.
STARKVILLE -- Neil Henry has the football program at Starkville Academy to thank for his team's baseball success in 2012.
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