Myrtle sweeps Ray Brooks, advances to play TCPS

 Myrtle wrapped up its opening weekend in the playoffs, earning a two-game sweep over Ray Brooks on Friday.

“It was a solid performance. We had two good pitching performances, throwing strikes; threw the ball well,” Myrtle coach Robert Gordon said. “All aspects of the game were played well, and I’m pleased with our effort.”

In the first game, Brandon Perkins had two doubles for the Hawks in the 13-0 win. Riley Clayton earned the win on the mound, and Ben Ausburn picked up the win in the second game, as Myrtle took the series with an 18-0 victory.

The Hawks were led offensively by Anthony Lipsey’s three doubles, while Taylor Hogue and Clayton each had two hits and Myrtle scored 12 runs in the second inning to take the win.

Next for the Hawks is a showdown with Tupelo Christian, Region 4 winners. Gordon and his team will spend the next week preparing for the Eagles (14-8, 10-0).

“We have to work hard in the coming week,” Gordon said. “They’ve played a big schedule this year, and their record doesn’t show how good of a team they are. They have a lot of talent, and we’re going to suit up and see how we do. We’re not going to roll over for them; it’s going to be a battle.”

West Union– The Eagles took a 1-0 series lead, defeating Shaw, 9-1. West Union was led by multiple hits from Hunter Jennings, Drew Garrett and Chase Bogue, and Joey Dillard picked up the win on the mound. The Eagles will try to wrap up the series on Monday at Shaw. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

East Union- A trio of Urchins had multiple hits in East Union’s 7-0 game-one win over Riverside. Dustin Pratt, Tray Davis and Tyler Hutcheson each had two hits, and Trey Barkely and D.J. Armstrong had two RBI for the Urchins, and Barkley had the win on the mound, pitching six innings with eight strikeouts. East Union will travel to Riverside on Monday, playing at 4 p.m.

New Albany- The Bulldogs scored 14 runs off eight hits in its shutout of Humphreys County. Brandon Montgomery and John Holt Waldrop combined to allow one hit in five innings, walking one batter and finishing with eight strikeouts. New Albany scored 11 runs in the second inning, and Easton Hall and Jake McDonald had two RBI each in the win. The Bulldogs played at Humphreys County on Saturday, taking the series with a 14-5 win. Tyler Verrell led the 'Dawgs with five hits and Montgomery followed with four hits. New Albany advances to play Kosciusko next weekend.