Sports / Outdoors – 3/3/2006

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 3, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – March 3, 2006

  From the 3/3/06 issue of The Panolian       

SP Tiger team begins season with 4-0 record
     Colton Ales got his first varsity start as pitcher Wednesday against Cleveland and picked up the win South Panola. He had four strikeouts and no walks.
By Myra Bean

Everything is hitting on the right cylinders for the
4-0 South Panola Tiger baseball team so far.

"We are just beginning," said head coach Patrick Robey.

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The Tigers have met all challenges thrown at them this season including a big 6-3 victory over Desoto Central Monday night and a 13-3 five inning win over Cleveland Wednesday night.

Josh Boren hit his second grand slam homerun of the season in the fourth inning.

"Colton Ales got his first varsity start and did a great job," Robey said.

Ales, a left-handed sophomore, pitched four innings with four strikeouts, allowed three hits and no walks.

Senior right-hander Jameson Rodgers relieved him in the fifth inning.

"That game was so untypical of Cleveland," Robey said. "They made a lot of mistakes. We did hit the ball hard all night."

Against Desoto Central Monday night, senior left-hander Kyle Crofford got the win.

Rodgers, Mitchell Houston and David Renfroe all hit doubles in the win.

The Tigers took a 4-0 lead after the first inning. The Tigers scored once in the top of the sixth and the top of the seventh innings.

Desoto Central only scored once in the bottom of the third, fifth and seventh innings.

"Every win breeds confidence," Robey said. "We have to stay hungry."

That hunger will hopefully help the team as they open division play in Horn Lake tonight at 5 and 7 p.m.

Horn Lake is 0-3 after a 6-5 loss to a tough Senatobia team Tuesday night.

"Horn Lake is a scrappy team," Robey said.

Robey is not letting that zero in the Horn Lake win column take him off his guard.

"They play quality teams that’s why their record does not look so good," Robey said.

The Tigers will be home Saturday morning and afternoon to host Tupelo at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Weekend to be busy for SP ladies
The South Panola Lady Tiger fastpitch team (1-0) was in Grenada Thursday for non-conference action but the results were not available at press time.

Today and tomorrow the Lady Tigers will participate in the High School Fast Pitch Jamboree in Tupelo.

Today, March 3, they will play Clarksdale at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, the Lady Tigers will play three games. The first game is noon against Pontotoc. The second game Saturday is against Hamilton at 4:30 p.m. The last game is at 6 p.m. against Mooreville. Each game is scheduled with a one and a half hour time limit.

The tournament is played in a pool style format on six fields at Eastwood Complex and Veterans Park in Tupelo. An admission fee is charged for this tournament and is good for all 6 fields in play.

South Panola is in Pool B and all of their games will be played on Noble field.

Tuesday, the Lady Tigers return home to host Southaven in the first district game of the season at 6 p.m. Southaven lost to Grenada (4-1) 5-2 Tuesday night.

Iron Tigers to North State
The South Panola powerlifting team will participate in the North State meet at Madison Central today from 9 a.m. until they finish.

Qualifying for participation are David Harris, Alfonzo Tucker, Terrance Griffin, Larry Milton, South Oakes, Josh Forehand, Cameron Wagner and Deshun Sandridge.

Green Waves are in the midst of a four-game stand this week
By Myra Bean

The North Delta baseball team (1-1 overall, 1-0 district) got off to a great start when they pulled down a 3-1 win over district foe Kirk Academy Tuesday night.

"I am excited to get a win to start the season, especially a district win," head coach David Hardy said. "For the first game I was pleased. We had two other scoring opportunities that we did not convert on."

North Delta’s games last week were rained out against Lee, Ark.

The Green Wave are in the midst of a four-game week and played Magnolia Heights Wednesday night in the Magnolia Heights tournament and lost 10-0 in six innings.

In the Kirk game, Jim Tyler Dalrymple got the win, pitching the complete seven innings.

Getting one run each were Dustin Maples, Chris Pike and Pittman Harrison. Maples and Dalrymple hit two singles and Harrison hit three singles.

In a preseason interview, Hardy spoke about Kirk being in a rebuilding season and what he saw Tuesday confirmed that assessment.

"Kirk seems to be a little younger than in the past," Hardy said. "In a lot of areas, we were pretty young also. I found myself in the situation with a seventh, an eighth and a ninth grader on the field at the same time in a varsity game."

The junior varsity Green Waves lost to Kirk 6-3. Taylor Herron pitched the first three innings and was relieved by Geri Lamm and Jim Tom Copeland.

North Delta led early but gave up four runs in the third inning.

"That was the ‘big inning’ that didn’t go our way," Hardy said.

Against Magnolia Heights Wednesday, Harrison took the loss, pitching the complete game.

The Green Waves committed five fielding errors and had only one good scoring opportunity, according to Hardy.

Magnolia Heights had a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. In the sixth they scored three more runs.

"The errors didn’t cost us the game, but it could have let us have a little more respectable showing," he said.

Through the two games, Hardy said the pitching has held up well.

"We need to field better and get our bats going," stated Hardy. "We need to step up the competitiveness at the plate."

North Delta played Indianola for the second district game of the season Thursday night but the score was not available at press time.

The Green Wave will return to Senatobia to play Rossville in the Magnolia Heights tournament at 5 p.m. tonight.

Tuesday, the Green Wave will be at Marshall for a district game and Thursday will host Carroll for another district game at 4 and 6 p.m. each night. The Green Waves will then be off for spring break until March 21.

SP Diamond Club to meet
South Panola Baseball Diamond Club meeting will be held on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the TVEPA Building. All players’ parents, baseball fans, and South Panola supporters are invited and encouraged to attend.



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