Itawamba, Mooreville take first-round playoff wins

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Itawamba AHS, powered by the bottom of its batting order and pitcher Maikhail Miller, won its MHSAA Class 4A best-of-three series opener Friday with a 5-1 win in Fulton against Humphreys County.
IAHS (15-12) visits Humphreys County for Game 2 at 2 p.m. today. A third game, if necessary, would follow.
“Our eight and nine hitters – Cody Hardin and Rodney Kent – helped us out,” Indians coach Brian Long said. “We stranded a lot of runners, but we got some timely hits.
“Maikhail threw well enough to get us through it.”
Hardin had two hits, including a double while Shante Rogers had an RBI triple in the Indians’ four-run fifth inning.
“I thought we made all the plays defensively,” Long said. “(Humphreys) likes to run. We did a good job making the routine plays.”
n Mooreville 10, Leland 0:Channing Nanney threw a no-hitter at Mooreville to lead the Troopers to a victory in the first game of their Class 3A best-of-three series against visiting Leland.
Mooreville (17-9) travels to Leland for Game 2 at 3 p.m. A third game, if necessary, would follow.
Nanney (7-3), who recorded 12 strikeouts on the mound, helped himself at the plate with two hits.
“He threw mainly fastballs, but mixed in a few curves,” Troopers coach Jamie Russell said. “He blew it by them, mainly.”
Tyler Moore and Gary Johnson hit homers for the Troopers, who ended the game with a five-run fifth inning.
“If we go over today and take care of business, we can win,” Russell said of today’s matchup. “We can’t go in there and overlook them.”
Myrtle 11, Smithville 10: Myrtle scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Smithville and win the first game of their Class 1A best-of-three series.
Adam Baker was the winning pitcher for the Hawks, who travel to Smithville for a 2 p.m. second game today. A third game, if necessary, would follow.
Russ Yates and Zack Perkins had three hits each for Myrtle.
Smithville was led by Steve Adams, who hit two homers, and Sack Stevenson with three hits.
New Albany 13-13, Greenwood 0-1: New Albany bats pounded Greenwood pitching for 25 hits in a two-game sweep of their Class 4A best-of-three series in New Albany.
Taylor Goode collected six hits in the two games for the Bulldogs (19-9).
Tyler Basil (8-1) and Tyler Beaty (6-3) were the winning pitchers for New Albany, which advanced to next week’s second-round series against top-seeded Lewisburg.
In the opener, won 13-0 by the Bulldogs, Easton Hall had three hits, including a double. Andrew Ballard added a double and Joshua Googe had a triple for the winners.
Googe had four of his hits in the 13-1 victory. Drew Ray and Josh Creekmore had three hits apiece for the Bulldogs.
Falkner 4, Shaw 2: Jase Stroupe’s two-run double powered a four-run fourth inning to lead Falkner to a home win in its 1A best-of-three series opener against Shaw.
The second game of the series, and third game is needed, is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in Shaw.
The winner of this series plays Tupelo Christian Prep next week in a second-round best-of-three series.
West Union 6, Tremont 0:Taylor English was the winning pitcher and collected two hits, including a double, to lead West Union to a win in its Class 1A best-of-three series opener at Tremont.
The series resumes at 1 p.m. today at West Union. A third game, if needed, would follow.
Alcorn Central 21-15, Ruleville 0-0:Hunter Shaw, Dustin Sparks, Brady Lawson and Jeremy Powers all hit home runs in the Golden Bears’ 21-0 win.
Shaw later homered in the 15-0 victory that clinched Alcorn Central a home sweep of Ruleville in their Class 3A best-of-three series.
Lafayette 11, Kosciusko 3: Lafayette defeated Kosciusko on the road in its Class 4A best-of-three series opener.
The series resumes at 3 p.m. today in Oxford. A third game, if needed, would follow.
Bruce 15, Ackerman 0: Bruce went on the road to defeat Ackerman in its Class 2A best-of-three series opener.
The series resumes at 2 p.m. today in Bruce. A third game, if needed, would follow.