Lil’ Wayne and Lump proved to be a difficult tandem to contain Thursday night. It’s a good thing, too, because the Caledonia and West Lowndes High School baseball teams could have played all night. Better known as Demetrius and Devin Malone, the Panthers played key roles in the bottom of the ninth inning to help West Lowndes earn a 5-4 victory.
WEST POINT — The ability to work out of trouble is essential for any pitcher. Sometimes that trouble materializes after a bloop single or an error. Other times, an ill-timed walk quickly can put a pitcher in a jam that is difficult to escape. Cole Vaughan showed Tuesday afternoon he’s capable of living dangerously and then finding a way to avoid the big inning. Vaughan scattered six hits in a complete-game effort to help the Heritage Academy baseball team defeat Oak Hill Academy 6-3.
STARKVILLE — Blake Dawkins hoped for another opportunity. The Starkville High School catcher struck out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against Tupelo on Tuesday night, and the Yellow Jackets left three on base that inning. In the seventh, the bases were loaded again with Dawkins at the plate. This time he singled in Jayson Keel to lift Starkville to a 3-2 victory. Tupelo (6-3, 1-1 Class 5A, Division 2) walked Daniel Forde in front of Dawkins twice. Starkville (10-2, 3-0) didn’t take advantage of the first situation, but did on the second.
STARKVILLE — It was a good night to get a one-hitter from two freshmen. Frustrated that his Yellow Jackets left 12 runners on base, Starkville High School baseball coach Danny Carlisle liked that Nick Brooks and Hayden Higginbotham combined to give up only one hit Tuesday night in a 5-1 victory against West Lowndes.
Austin Braddock is branching out to all fields. Always considered a dead pull hitter, Braddock has discovered this season that hitting is a lot easier when you change your approach at the plate.
Rachel Hollivay’s circle of basketball contacts is growing. The New Hope High School freshman on Wednesday received an invitation to attend the Nike Girls Regional Skills Academy event at Norcross High School in Atlanta on April 25-26.
Going into the Blue Devil Classic at Sulligent, Ala., the Lamar County High School baseball team hoped to build confidence for the rest of the season. The Bulldogs accomplished that goal by winning two of three games, beating county rivals South Lamar and Sulligent.
WEST POINT — Junk-baller is a term of affection for Brody Blaylock. For other pitchers with less self-confidence, the term might be a negative moniker.
When the Sulligent High School baseball team plays host to its annual Blue Devil Classic, the event will have the look of a Lamar County tournament. Sulligent will play host to the tournament that includes county rivals Lamar County and South Lamar as well as to Phil Campbell on Friday and Saturday.
Ryan Stowers used to be like a lot of high school baseball players. Some players can hit home runs in practice or in a scrimmage, but hitting one in a game is the real deal.
JACKSON — The sigh said it all. Jameika Hoskins walked the length of the Aberdeen bench with her back turned as Raymond’s Valencia McFarland went to the free-throw line. The Aberdeen junior standout took a breath, exhaled, and shook her head, not wanting to turn to face the clock and the prospect the Lady Bulldogs’ season was nearly over.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — From Kayla Robinson’s perspective, the Aberdeen High School girls basketball team will have its work cut out for it at 8 tonight when it takes on Raymond in the Class 3A Mississippi High School Activities Association Cellular South State Basketball Championships at Mississippi Coliseum. The Lady Rangers are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and are riding a state-best 24-game winning streak.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his staff are making quite an impression on local athletes. After signing players like Deontae Skinner from Noxubee County High School in Macon, Johnthan Banks from East Webster High in Maben, Johnathan McKenzie from Starkville Academy, and Dennis Thames from Louisville High, Mullen has gotten off to a quick start on identifying area prospects for next year’s class.
1. Ray looks to newcomers to improve depth COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Lady Trojans fall a little short HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Pieces coming together for New Hope baseball HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Defense does job for South Jones HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Brown's gem lifts MSU baseball past Southern Illinois COLLEGE SPORTS