Sports / Outdoors – 4/8/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Panolian Sports Headlines: April 8, 2003

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ND Downs Bayou in Big District Game
North Delta’s Pittman Harrison (r) slides into home plate as the Bayou Academy catcher drops the ball Friday, April 4. The Green Wave defeated Bayou 7-4 in a big district game. The Green Wave will be home tonight to host Kirk in a district rematch at 5 p.m.

BATESVILLE – The North Delta Green Wave defeated Bayou Academy 7-4 in a district matchup Friday, April 4.

This was the second district game the Green Wave has won this year. The Green Wave has not won two district games in a year in the past six or seven seasons, according to head coach Rick Johnston.

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The Green Wave jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Hal West and Patrick Ellis put up a couple of hits to drive home Pittman Harrison, Cody Hallmark and West himself for the runs.

In the second inning, the Green Wave added another run as Dustin Maples doubled and drove home Rocky Reed who was pinch running for Dakota Mabry.

Bayou got on the scoreboard with a two-run homer by a player who hit his seventh homerun of the year in this game. That cut the Green Wave lead 4-2.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Pittman Harrison was hit was by a pitch to get on base, then proceeded to steal second and third bases on some throwing errors. Maples hit a sacrifice-fly to centerfield which drove Harrison home. The Green Wave led 5-2.

Bayou just kept eating away at the lead and taking advantage of some well-placed hits. In the fifth inning, Bayou scored on a single RBI to draw even closer 5-3.

Bayou hit another homer in the sixth inning by a different batter. After that homerun, Cody Hallmark relieved Hal West on the mound. Bayou proceeded to load the bases.

The player with the homeruns was up to bat with the bases loaded and one out. Hallmark struck out the last two batters in the sixth inning to hold Bayou 5-4.

Pumping Iron
Justin Howell works on the leg press in order to condition himself for the North Delta Lift-A-Thon Saturday, April 12. The annual event will be held in the school’s gymnasium beginning at 6 p.m.

Tigers Down Horn Lake 13-9 and Independence 13-1
HORN LAKE – The South Panola Tigers are 11-11 overall, 2-2 district after a busy weekend of play.

The Tigers traveled to Horn Lake Friday, April 4. and handed the Eagles a 13-9 district loss.

The Tigers enjoyed a 13-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. An error at second base and some outfield errors resulted in five runs on two hits for the Eagles.

"We just lost concentration in the last inning," said head coach Patrick Robey. "I was pleased with their efforts until the last inning."

Robey said he is getting good production at the plates from the players.

"Not everybody hit, but the guys got on base," he said.

Walt Love got the win.

During this district season, Robey said the team is still inconsistent.

"We will play well two games and then play one bad game. We are hitting average pitching, but not hitting good pitching. We need to hit good pitching in order to be a good team," he said.

The Tigers still have a shot to play in the playoffs. They have to beat Southaven by seven runs when they meet Tuesday, April 8, and just defeat Olive Branch in an April 11 rematch.

SP Ladies Fall to Southaven


SOUTHAVEN – The South Panola Lady Tiger fastpitch softball team fell to Southaven 14-4, Friday, April 4.

That loss put the Lady Tigers out of contention for a playoff spot, as they have not won a district game.

The Lady Tigers will play their final district game against Horn Lake, Tuesday, April 8.

The final game of the season will be played at home against Water Valley, Thursday, April 10.
Both games start at 4 p.m.

The Lady Tigers were on the road Monday, April 7, to take on Grenada, but the score was not available at press time.