Columbus High School's youth-led baseball team earned an important trump card Friday in its victory against Starkville: A playoff tiebreaker. The Falcons (8-4, 2-0 Class 6A, Region 2) received two RBIs from freshman Chris McCullough and an RBI from freshman Greg Sykes to beat the Yellow Jackets 7-4 Friday night.
Fredrico Moody is used to doling out hits on the football field. But it's his penchant for making contact on the baseball field that will allow the West Lowndes High School senior to take his athletic skills to the next level. On Thursday, the multi-sport standout Moody signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- The Columbus High School baseball team used a six-run sixth inning and a stellar outing from pitcher Christian Dale to top Starkville High 8-2 on Tuesday night. The Falcons (7-4, 1-0 Class 6A, Region 2) received a two-run home run from senior Nick Durrah in the second and RBI hits from Aaron Cooks and Trace Lee in the sixth to turn a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 lead.
STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo couldn't wait on the "big names" to recognize his talent.
MABEN -- Miguel Graham will be plenty comfortable at Holmes Community College. The current pipeline from East Webster High School to HCC added another player to the list Tuesday when Graham signed to play football in Goodman. He will join East Webster High football teammate and cousin Ledrick Patterson.
Chris Rose had several goals when he was named the new baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College. Rose set signing the top players in the state and in the region as one of his top goals as he attempted to build a championship tradition at EMCC. The Lions took a "massive" step in that direction Monday when Heritage Academy senior baseball players Austin Braddock and Camp Pittman signed scholarships with EMCC.
Christian Dale doesn't have time for growing pains. Even though Dale is a sophomore, he is one of the most experienced players on the Columbus High School baseball team filled with young players looking to make their marks. They would be well served to take a page from Dale.
STARKVILLE -- Shaquille Hill and Nick Brooks are among four Starkville High School baseball players who have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The suspensions were confirmed Monday by Starkville High baseball coach Danny Carlisle, who declined to comment on the reasons Hill, Brooks, Andrew Armburst, and Jalen Campbell were suspended.
Austin Braddock and M.J. Hamrick had home runs, and Parker Dunaway threw four strong innings Saturday to lead the Heritage Academy baseball team to a 15-2 victory against Oak Hill Academy in Columbus. The game was stopped after four innings due to the 12-run rule.
The Heritage Academy baseball team defeated River Oaks (La.) 14-4 and Copiah Academy 6-0 on Thursday to win the Smith-Wills tournament.
Kelsei Ewings thought she would use her chance to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star girls basketball game as a final chance to attract the attention of college coaches. But the West Point High School standout's decision late last month to give a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of North Carolina A&T changed how she is approaching her opportunity to play with some of the state's top players.
Austin Braddock is a technician when it comes to the game of baseball.
JACKSON -- The Heritage Academy baseball team had 29 hits Monday in victories against St. Joseph Catholic Pillow Academy.
GULFPORT -- The New Hope High School baseball team led 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday, but fell victim to two home runs, including a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth, in a 9-8 loss to Gulfport.
GREENWOOD -- Austin Braddock delivered a strong pitching performance and the Heritage Academy baseball team had two solid hitting games Thursday in a doubleheader sweep of Pillow Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Normally, teams with records of .500 or better don't feel as far behind as the Starkville High baseball team. Such is life for a team that has had five games rained out in a week and is about to play three unfamiliar teams in a week-long road trip in another state.
REFORM, Ala. -- The letter "i" isn't a singular entity to Deion Curry. Even though Deion's father used the letter to make sure his son's name would be the same as NFL football legend Deion Sanders, Curry didn't allow individual trappings to distract him. His focus -- winning a second state title -- was absolute, and it didn't waver. Curry proved it on the biggest stage and lived up to his nickname.
Tyler Blevins allowed just one hit in three innings Monday to lead the Columbus High School baseball team to a 15-5 victory against Noxubee County.
REFORM, Ala. -- Russ Wallace delivered a much shorter message Friday in his return to Pickens County High School. The boys basketball coach admitted he was tired after spending a week in Birmingham, Ala., working with his team to win a second state title in a row. But that didn't mean Wallace was going to shy away from a challenge. In fact, he embraced the idea of his Tornadoes winning a third state championship in as many years.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School boys basketball team can celebrate again. Deion Curry scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures Thursday night in Pickens County's 70-62 victory against Cedar Bluff in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A state title game at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.