After a couple of days of rain last week, the skies have cleared and this past week was gorgeous on the diamond. An area team claimed the baseball division title and #1-seed.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws claimed the Division 8-4A title with a run-rule victory over Moss Point on Tuesday. They will enter the playoffs next week as the #1-seed. It appears that East Central, Vancleave and Pass Christian round out the group from 4A.
The diamond season appears to have ended for Bay High, Hancock, the Lady Hawks , Lady Pirates and the Crescents after this weekend.
The high school baseball and softball playoffs begin earnest this coming week with SSC hosting a first round game and Pass Christian on the road. The Lady Tigers may very well jump into the final spot in the softball postseason. Stay tuned... .
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws (18-5, 9-1) claimed the Division 8-4A title with a 12-2 victory over Moss Point at home on Wednesday evening.
The title is the sixth one for SSC since 2010.
The Rocks wasted little time lighting the scoreboard as they played three runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
SSC added two more runs in the third inning to push the score to 5-0.
In the fourth inning, the Rocks added four more runs to their total making the score 9-0.
Moss Point was able to scratch two runs across to cut the lead to 9-2 in the top of the fifth inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, the set up the run-rule victory with a walk by Ethan McNeil and Taylor Lafontaine. Trace Rhodes smacked a two-run single to left field that scored by McNeil and Lafontaine.
Colin Fredickson and Braxton Bean both walked to juice the bases. Dawson Strong then converted a walkoff hit by pitch for the win.
SSC head coach Mark Logan commented, "Moss Point is a better team than they have been in years past. They play extremely hard and do not make things easy. We were fortunate that we had a couple of innings where we were able to string some hits together and get runs across the plate. A few times we put ourselves in a jam and Colin Fredrickson pitched his way out of it. It was good for him to get the work in because we will need him to throw some if we are able to continue to win down the road in the playoffs."
Rhodes led the Rocks with a triple and a single with two RBIs. McNeil and Strong had a double while Bush and Lafontaine each added a single. Bean drove in two runs on a sacrifice.
On Tuesday evening the Rocks topped Moss Point 6-2. Strong got the win throwing five innings and allowing three hits and fanning eight batters. Rhodes, Bean, Strong, and Corban O'Bannon all had two hits while McNeil, Sandrock and Bush each had a hit. Fredrickson smacked a two-run homerun.
Also on Tuesday, Vancleave stopped Bay High (5-13, 2-7) 6-2 with a three-hitter. Garrett Langrell had two of the hits while Cooper Cooksey had the other hit.
Pass Christian (6-15, 4-5) fell to East Central 7-2.
Dustin Allison had a hit and RBI while Bryce Dubuisson had a hit. Mason Knapp had two hits with a triple. Trentin Niolet and Corben Williams both added singles.
Hancock (7-14, 0-9) stumbled against Gulfport 8-1. Colton Cuevas had two hits while Tanner Lemon, Colby Oliver and Davis Shannon all added hits.
In upcoming action, Bay High hosts Hancock today while Pass Christian hosts Resurrection. SSC travels to Harrison Central before hosting Ocean Springs on Monday. See you at the games!
The Lady Tigers (9-12, 3-4) fell to East Central on Tuesday 12-0. Lizzie Weems had two hits while Blake Lumpkin added one.
The Pass Christian Lady Pirates (0-14, 0-5) remained winless on the season with a 14-0 loss to East Central earlier this week. The Lady Hornets pitched a no-hitter while the Lady Pirates also committed six errors in the loss.
The Lady Hawks of Hancock (2-11, 1-4) beat Biloxi 12-1 but game details were not available.
In upcoming action, Hancock travels to Poplarville today while Pass Christian goes to Biloxi. On Monday, Bay travels to Hancock. Also on Monday, OLA host Sacred Heart. See you at the games!