After all the delays, cancellations and postponement from the weather all diamond season long, we are now at the start of the second season -- the state playoffs. And, with the start of the second season, the weather seems to be complying and warming up slightly.
The second season begins this Friday with first round action in a best-of-three format. Stay tuned for details of the action in next Wednesday's edition.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws (20-6, 9-1) have claimed one of the top seeds in the Class 4A state playoffs winning Division 8-4A last week.
The Rocks run-ruled St. Patrick 15-1 on Friday evening as Corban O'Bannon and Peyton Sandrock each tallied two hits. Taylor Lafontaine, Trace Rhodes, Colin Fredrickson, Braxton Bean, Dawson Strong and Cole Fletcher all had hits, too.
On Saturday SSC beat Harrison Central 6-4 behind the arm of Fletcher on the mound. Strong had two hits while Fredrickson had a triple and Sandrock a double. Bean and O'Bannon also had hits.
On Monday evening, the Rocks fell to Ocean Springs 11-5 as the Greyhounds tallied 12 hits off if three SSC pitchers.
The Rocks were led by O'Bannon and Ethan McNeill with two hits while Lafontaine and Rhodes each added one hit.
The Rocks struck first in the bottom of the second inning when McNeill smacked a two-run single to score Easton Logan running for Bean and O'Bannon, both of whom reached on singles.
The Greyhounds added three run in the top of third to erase the lead.
The Rocks knotted the score 3-3 when Bean reached on an error but drove in Rhodes who led the inning off with a walk. Later, they took a 4-3 lead into the fourth inning.
The Greyhounds tied the score with a run in the top half of the fourth.
Rhodes drove in a run to give SSC a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, the Greyhounds took a 8-5 lead and did not look back.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Rocks had their best chance to make noise when they loaded the bases with one out only to leave them stranded.
SSC head coach Mark Logan commented, "We simply did not play well tonight. We did not swing the bat well and get the timely hit like we have been doing. We committed some errors that extended some innings for Ocean Springs. The good thing is we get a few days of practice to work this out. We start over 0-0."
On Friday, Bay High fell to Vancleave 11-0 on a two-hitter. Antonio Saltalamacchia and Miles Wilemon each had a hit in the loss.
On Saturday, Hancock edged Bay High 17-16. Game details were not available for Hancock (7-12).
The Tigers (5-16) were led by Carson Moran with three hits and four RBIs including a double and a homerun. Cade Compretta had two hits with 6 RBIs including two homeruns. Garrett Langrell had two hits with four RBI including a homerun.
Ben Wilemon and Cooper Cooksey also had two hits.
Pass Christian (8-16) stumbled falling to East Central 10-2 on Friday but beat Resurrection 8-5 on Saturday.
Jaymason Funderburk had two hits and two RBIs followed by Trentin Niolet and Dustin Allison with two hits each.
Ian Trochesset, Logan Webb, Mason Knapp, Marcos Chacon, and Corben Williams all had hits.
In upcoming action, Pass Christian travels to Richland and St. Stanislaus hosts Purvis on Friday in game one of the Class 4A playoffs. On Saturday, SSC travels to Purvis for Game 2 and Richland comes to Pass Christian. If a third game is necessary, it will be played on Monday. See you at the games!
The Bay High Lady Tigers (11-12) defeated Pass Christian (1-18) on Thursday 8-1.
Lizzie Weems and Annlyssa Richardson each had two hits and an RBI. Blake Lumpkkn also had two hits. Kayla Lafontaine had a hit with two RBIs and McKenzie Favre also had a hit.
On Saturday, Bay High beat d'Iberville 9-8. Gracie Adkins, Richardson, and Lumpkin all had three hits. Richardson also had three RBIs and Lumpkin had one. Ahmia Khadaroo had two hits and four RBIs including a homerun. Annabelle Hayes added a hit.
Hancock dropped three games to close the season with a 10-0 loss to Harrison Central on Thursday, a 4-2 loss to Poplarville on Friday and a 16-4 loss to PRC on Saturday. Game details were not available.
In upcoming action, Bay High hosts Richland on Friday in Game One of the Class 4A state playoffs. Bay High travels to Richland for the second and third games, if necessary, on Saturday. See you at the games.