BRANDON SPECK: Another no-no and a smart thing

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

Something must be in the water down in South Monroe County. Two more-than-mentionable things happened with people in that neck of the woods last week.
First it came from Hamilton senior lefty Dylan Earnest. The Southpaw threw a perfect game back in the summer for the Pontotoc Legion team.
Guess what? He did it again.
In a 6-0 Division 2-2A win at Calhoun City for Hamilton (13-2 6-0 Division 2-2A), the ICC-signee allowed one ball to the outfield and that was grabbed on a diving effort from Chase Reeves.
Earnest struck out 13, got two popups and five groundouts.
Earnest (6-0) came into the night with a 0.22 ERA and has allowed only one run. He came into the night batting .525.
“I didn’t even realize it until there was one out in the seventh and got to thinking, ‘he hadn’t even pitched out of the stretch,'” Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest said.
Earnest has double-digit strikeouts in five of his six wins.
It’s tough to put into words what throwing a no-hitter means and what it takes to be able to do it. Multiply that because we’re talking perfect games here.
Most pitchers will never do either, Earnest has done the tougher of the two, twice.

Hoskins double-take
Aberdeen standout Jameika Hoskins signed with Alcorn State back in December. Friday, she swapped that choice and will begin her playing career at Itawamba Community College.
Smart for more than one reason, one of which I don’t mind saying even if it comes with a little heat. Hoskins, with an improvement or two, has SEC ability. Playing at Alcorn is a career-killer. No one would have been able to follow her. I’m honestly not trying to knock the Lady Braves’ program, but really, when is the last time you heard anything about Alcorn State basketball?
My point exactly.
Hoskins is open about her desire to give a shot at a WNBA career and playing for Alcorn wasn’t going to do much for that.
On the other hand, playing for a high-level JUCO like ICC for a highly-respected coach like Nanci Gray, will, even if Hoskins decides to finish her career at Alcorn.
In this case, the starting point is the most important.