Tigers look to host MACJC

Northeast logoBy David Wheeler

Special to the Journal

Every week is important during the division schedules of the junior college baseball season.

This week trumps all the rest for the Northeast Tigers.

Two doubleheaders remain in North Division play for the Tigers. Win all four games, and the Tigers claim the North Division title, and the potential to host the MACJC State Tournament.

“Like I told the kids, win all four games, and you win the division,” Northeast head coach Kent Farris said. “That’s all I know.”

The Tigers play a doubleheader against Coahoma today, then travel to play current North No. 1 East Mississippi on Saturday.

Northeast is coming off a key doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Delta.

“Finishing first or second is huge,” Farris said. “And getting to host those playoff games.

“We had some success playing at home last season, but previous years we were on the road.”

Trent Turner from Brandon is currently leading the Tigers in batting average at .417, with Heath Wood from Kossuth second at .378. Farris feels Easton Hall from New Albany is one of the hottest hitters on the team.

Pitching

Farris has not defined his pitching rotation.

Currently, Evan Hickman from Marshall Academy and Townsend Myers both sport 3-0 records, while Hickman also has eight saves. David Gibson from Kossuth leads the Tigers in victories with a 4-2 record.

TheItawamba Indians have a chance for fourth place and a spot in the playoffs and they host East Mississippi today.

They need a sweep to tay alive.

“I’m the biggest fan that Itawamba’s got Wednesday,” Farris said.

The top four teams from both the North and South divisions make the playoffs.