By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – Jarrod Shuck could only lower his head and walk back to the Sumrall dugout, three runs and one out away from the completion of a masterful performance from Belmont pitcher Jon Morgan Payne. Payne craftily directed and dissected Sumrall in a 5-2 win Wednesday at Trustmark Park, taking […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – If the throw had been bobbled even for a split second, Garrison Howell would have been safe and would have likely later tied the game. It wasn’t bobbled. He wasn’t safe. And Houston lost its Class 4A series opener 3-2 to St. Stanislaus on Wednesday at Trustmark Park. […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – Smithville is down one game. With two horses to saddle up to try and make the Class 1A championship series a three-game affair. The reigning champion Seminoles dropped Game 1 Wednesday at Trustmark Park, 13-1 to Cathedral. “That’s their best pitcher. We’ve saved our two best,” Smithville coach […]

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal PEARL – After two quick outs to open the game, Smithville baseball coach Steve Kerr felt confident in his team’s start to the Class 1A championship series. Things snowballed from there, however. Smithville (20-13) committed four errors, two balks, five wild pitches and five walks Wednesday afternoon to drop Game […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – With tying run Austin Moffett hopping and dancing around third base like an antsy squirrel on the interstate, East Webster pitcher Kolby Crowley calmly halted his hopping. Moffett was stranded at third as East Webster won Game 1 of the Class 2A championship series 4-3 over Taylorsville on […]

By John Davis Oxford Citizen PEARL – Houston Roth wanted to make sure Oxford baseball coach Chris Baughman knew he could pitch the Class 5A opener against George County on Tuesday afternoon. So the junior texted him later Monday night, after the two discussed the matter at practice. Roth’s decision to pitch on just four […]

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Seven innings from defeat last week, Smithville is now 14 innings (at least) from a repeat. If the Seminoles learned their lesson. The reigning Class 1A state champions, which will again face Cathedral for the championship, lost the opener of the North State finals, 4-0, and managed only two hits […]

By Brandon Speck and John Davis Daily Journal PEARL – If stealing second base has to involve a flotation device, the state baseball championships may be moving from a start today to a Wednesday start. With water standing at second base at Trustmark Park, MHSAA officials were scheduled to make a decision sometime this morning […]

By Brandon Speck and Kedrick Storey Daily Journal Robert Burdette had to pause Monday afternoon and thank a Sonic carhop for delivering his order. If it was a 4:15 p.m. lunch, you’ll have to pardon him for being a little busy. Burdette was busy being named New Albany’s new boys basketball coach. “We know that […]