Diamond action hits final stretch
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Apr 16, 2013, 17:51
Action on the baseball and softball diamonds is beginning to hit the final stretch of the regular season. The teams beginning to conclude the regular season take aim on the playoffs.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws hold their postseason destiny in their own hands after slipping by Poplarville on Tuesday, April 9th with a 4-3 win in eight innings. Despite the Rocks being outhit in the game seven hits to just three, the Rocks made the most of their base runners.
SSC (12-8, 5-3) gave up a solo homerun to Drake Hodges on the game’s first at-bat but settled down and took the lead in the early innings 3-2 by manufacturing some runs off Poplarville starter and Mississippi State signee Zac Houston who either walked or hit 12 batters in a rocky outing.
Chase Rhodes scored the winning run on Irby Dossett’s single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Patrick McRaney and Cody Logan added the other two hits for SSC.
SSC head coach Mark Logan commented, “This is a big win for a young team. We have put ourselves in a position that we control from this point forward.
“We face several scenarios that range from winning the division to staying at home come playoff time. What we do with it will be of our own making. I am proud of the play we have put on the field this second half of the season. We just need to continue to play we have been playing and we will see where that takes us.”
The Bay High Tigers narrowly fell to Vancleave on Tuesday evening 14-13 after surging back from an 11-0 deficit early in the game.
The Hancock Hawks were shutout by Harrison Central 4-0 on Tuesday evening. With the win, Harrison Central clinches the division title; however, the Hawks are still in contention for a playoff spot.
There was not any individual game details for the Bay High and Hancock games available at press time.
In softball action, the Pass Christian Lady Pirates dominated Perry Central 15-1 to improve to 13-7 and 2-1 on the season. The win was highlighted by Jenny Hudson’s two hits and four RBIs.
The OLA Crescents fell to St. Patrick 15-5 and Vancleave shutout Bay High 20-0 on Tuesday evening. There was not any individual game details available for the OLA and Bay High games at press time.
On Friday, April 12th the Poplarville Hornets rebounded to blank SSC 6-0 and only allowed two hits against the Rocks. Also on Friday evening, the Harrison Central Red Rebels completed the sweep of Hancock with a 7-1 decision.
The Pass Christian Pirates (10-10, 7-3) defeated West Marion 10-3 in Division 8-3A action Friday night. Kendall Walker and Sean Story each tallied two hits in the win. Ethan Necaise pitched a complete game. Daniel Taylor and Hunter Ladner each tallied two RBIs for the Pirates.
On Saturday, April 13th, the Pirates fell to Gulfport 8-2. St. Stanislaus defeated Biloxi in a close game 8-7. Noah Nicaud was the winning pitcher and fanned five batters. Nicaud helped his own cause at the plate with two hits in the game. Dossett also recorded two hits for the Rocks.
Our Lady Academy picked up two wins on the diamond. The Crescents defeated Pass Christian with a narrow 1-0 decision. Dallas Blaker tossed a three-hitter in the win. Emily Necaise was credited for the game-winning RBI. OLA also defeated Bay High 6-5 behind Demi Blaker’s three hits including a double and three RBIs.
There is one week left in the regular season for baseball and softball action so come on out and support your teams as they make their final push this week.