By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
When the Mississippi High School Activities Association decided to let its No. 2 seeds decide game locations in the opening round of the playoffs, Scott Gann was paying attention.
The Houston baseball coach chose to travel to Tishomingo Friday in the Class 4A playoffs and host a possible doubleheader Saturday.
After a loss Friday, Gann’s Hilltoppers took two, 5-0 and 6-1, to advance to the North quarterfinals.
“Honestly we looked at their records and saw some things before we even played (Friday),” Gann said. “They had a 9-3 home record and a 2-7 road record.”
Houston rode the arms of sophomore lefty Austin Burdine and junior Kyle Wilson.
Burdine allowed only one hit in Game 2 and Wilson didn’t allow a run until the sixth inning of Game 3, both complete games.
Danny Springer homered in Game 2 and the Toppers scored a pair of runs on a squeeze after a rundown went wrong for the Braves (14-13). Houston improved to 9-3 at home.
Tishomingo had 10 hits Friday and only five Saturday.
“They were a completely different team,” Gann said. “And we seemed to be doing everything correctly. They’re a good hitting team and we were able to kind of mix it up and keep hititers off balance all day.”
Houston (21-9) will travel to Lewisburg Thursday for the 7 p.m. opener of the three-game series.
Weather Plays a Role
Four baseball teams postponed games due to the threat of rain on Saturday. Monday Game 2s, and if-necessary Game 3s, include West Union at Shaw, East Union at Riverside, Alcorn Central at Cleveland East Side and South Pontotoc at Byhalia.
Itawamba and Caledonia played two games in Fulton. Itawamba evened the series with a 3-0 win but lost 5-2 in Game 3 to be eliminated in 4A. Caledonia scored three times in the seventh to break a 2-all tie.
Ingomar 16, Ethel 8: Kate Webb went 5 for 5 for Ingomar, which advances to the second round in Class 1A. The Lady Falcons will host Pine Grove on Friday.
North Pontotoc 5, Germantown 1: Brittany Seale had two doubles and a triple as Class 4A North Pontotoc completed a sweep of Germantown with a 5-1 road win.
Tupelo 10, Vicksburg 9: In Class 6A, the Lady Wave advanced with a 10-9 win at Vicksburg. Hannah Smith and Blakely Lollar each had three hits for Tupelo, which completed a sweep and will host Desoto Central on Friday.
Mooreville 4, Independence 0: Seventh-grader Hallie Donald earned the win for the Lady Troopers, which will host Game 2 on Monday.