Now that the area has had a decent week of weather, the ball fields have drained and dried out; however, we now have those incessantly voracious gnats to deal with. Aaaahhhhh the madness......
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws (10-4, 2-1) continued their swinging ways with the bats on Tuesday evening. The Rocks hosted the defending Class 4A state champion Vancleave Bulldogs and outlasted them in nine innings of play 5-4.
Senior outfielder Trace Rhodes delivered for SSC in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off single to right field that drove in Bradley Darby from second base for the winning run.
It was Rhodes' fourth hit of the game.
The Rocks led early in the contest 3-0 after three innings but Vancleave chipped away scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings and then taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh.
Senior second baseman Tristan Bush drove in the tying run to send the game to extra frames for the Rocks in the bottom of the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Rocks got two runners on with one out when Colin Fredrickson walked and Braxton Bean singled to center field. But, two put-outs ended the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, the same thing happened and SSC put two runners on with one out as Cole Fletcher and Bush were both hit by a pitch.
The next batter struck out leaving the fans to wonder if there would be a 10th inning. Rhodes had other plans and walked-off a shot to right field that allowed third base coach Brad Corley to wave home a speeding Darby for the win.
SSC head coach Mark Logan commented, "Dawson Strong started the game for us and threw six very strong innings. He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to be successful. He threw well enough to win. We eventually had to go to Cole Fletcher and he continued what Dawson Strong started and that was throw strikes. At the plate, we swung the bat well getting double digit hits. However, our performance on the base paths needs to be worked on. We made a few mistakes there that could have ended this game at seven innings instead of going extra frames. I was glad to see seniors step up like Tristan Bush in the seventh inning and Trace Rhodes in the ninth and deliver for us. We have Pass Christian coming up next week and that will be a difficult series for us. Rickey Smith will have the Pirates ready to play and with the two schools being so close together the players all know each other. It adds a different dimension to it. We just need to keep putting ourselves in positions to be successful."
The Rocks were led at the plate by Rhodes who had four hits with a walk-off RBI single followed by Bush and Bean with two hits each. Fredrickson, Corban O'Bannon, Ethan McNeill, and Fletcher all had hits.
Strong went 6 1/3 innings allowing five hits, two earned runs and fanned nine batters while Fletcher threw 2 2/3 innings and gave up one run, two hits and struck out three.
Hancock (5-6, 0-2) fell to Ocean Springs on Tuesday 3-2 in nine innings.
Brenham DeWitt had two hits and a RBI and Jackson Garrett tallied three hits. Colton Cuevas and Tanner Lemon each added a hit.
Cuevas was the losing pitcher throwing six innings and allowing six hits and fanning four.
The Bay High Tigers (3-6, 0-3) dropped their game with East Central on Tuesday 14-1. Their lone run came in the fourth.
The Pirates swept Moss Point this past week to remain undefeated in Division 8-4A at 4-0.
On Tuesday, Pass Christian topped Moss Point 6-5.
Dustin Allison had three hits and an RBI to pace the Pirates at the plate followed by Mason Knapp with two hits and an RBI. Jaymason Funderburk had two hits while Ian Trochessett, Corben Williams, Trentin Niolet and Jeep DeWitt all had a hit. Allison threw eight innings and allowed eight hits and seven strikeouts.
On Thursday, Pass Christian completed the sweep with a 11-3 victory.
Eli Hilbun got the win on the mound. Knapp led Pass Christian at the plate with three hits and two RBIs followed by Williams with two hits and a RBI. Marco's Chacon also added two hits. DeWitt, Funderburk, Allison, Trochessett and Bryce Dubuisson all added a hit. Allison also had three RBIs.
In upcoming action, Bay High travels to Laurel today for a double-header with Northeast Jones and Laurel. They will host Moss Point on Tuesday. Hancock travels to Vancleave today and travels to Harrison Central on Tuesday. The Pass Christian Pirates travel to SSC on Tuesday while the Rocks host Enterprise-Lincoln today. See you at the games!
The Bay High Lady Tigers (5-7, 1-1) fell to Vancleave on Tuesday 7-6 in a tight game.
Domonique Cole, Annlyssa Richardson, Aubrey Smith and Ahmia Khadaroo all had two hits for Bay High. Richardson led the way with two RBIs. Lizzie Weems, Kayla Lafontaine, Gracie Adkins, McKenzie Favre and Rhea Lymuel all had a hit.
On Thursday, Bay High beat Gautier 8-2. Adkins had two hits to pace Bay High at the plate. She also was the winning pitcher allowing three hits and fanning 11 batters.
Weems, Cole, Smith, Richardson, McKenna Lafontaine and Favre all had a hit for Bay High.
Hancock, Pass Christian and OLA remain winless on the season. Pass Christian dropped their game with East Central 15-0 on Tuesday. Ashley Satterwhite and Ann Elise Elrod each had a hit for Pass Christian.
Hancock dropped a game on Tuesday 14-1 to West Harrison and 15-8 on Thursday to Gulfport.
In upcoming action, Bay High plays Hancock at home today at 2pm and travel to Vancleave on Tuesday. Hancock travels to Biloxi on Tuesday.