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By David Wheeler Daily Journal TUPELO – Though it only comes once a year, the Tupelo Golden Wave baseball team is familiar with the drill. Win your Class 6A division in the regular season. Earn a first-round bye, which basically means eight-plus days away from meaningful baseball. Then be ready for an already tested playoff […]

David Wheeler Daily Journal Itawamba Community College softball head coach Andy Kirk often describes playing MACJC division games in Mississippi like playing football in the SEC West. Certainly the 2017 season bears that out, with four state teams ranked in the Top 9 in the nation by the NJCAA. That quality of competition will be […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal The Northeast Tigers and the Itawamba Indians are getting ready to resume their baseball series today. One team comes in ranked nationally, the other perhaps needing some positive momentum — but still, this is Itawamba at Northeast, so throw the records out as the squads will play a doubleheader, with […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal In July of 2016, the National Federation of State High School Associations passed a rule requiring all state high school athletic associations to implement a pitch count for baseball for the 2016-17 season. Soon after, the Mississippi High School Activities Association implemented such for this state. Many months have passed […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal A season ago, the Tupelo baseball team opened division play against South Panola with a victory. That propelled the Wave to winning 12 of 13 games, with a 10-game winning streak that included Tupelo’s fourth-straight division championship. Tupelo (5-6) opens Division 2-6A play today, hosting South Panola (3-7) with a […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal The Kossuth Aggies have some of the best baseball history in the state of Mississippi in recent years. They are winners of three of the last four Class 3A state championships, including the two-time defending title holders. But that history is in the rear-view mirror as the 2017 season is […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal Itawamba Community College head coach Rick Collier has strong sentiments about how well his baseball team is swinging the bat right now – so well, they might as well play some important games. “This is a real good time to start playing division games,” he said. That begins today when […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal The Houston Hilltoppers baseball team played in a state championship series in 2015. Won the Class 4A state title in 2016. Is the championship mountain too high in 2017? From its previous championship runs, Houston graduated six players from last season, but bring back key personnel like senior pitcher and […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal The road to the Class 5A state championship in baseball has gone through Division 2-5A the last four years. Oxford 2015-16, and New Hope 2013-14. And yet, despite obvious success, are the 2017 Oxford Chargers even more motivated? “This bunch of kids play with a chip on their shoulder,” Oxford […]

By David Wheeler Daily Journal Despite prodding, pushing, and pulling, a baseball state championship had remained just out of the grasp of coach Chris Basil and the East Union Urchins. Now a golden trophy from 2016 sits safe and secure in the school office of Basil. “I do not want it to get broken or […]