Sports / Outdoors – 3/21/2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Panolian: SPORTS – March 21, 2006

  From the 3/21/06 issue of The Panolian       
 SCHEDULES – BASEBALL:             

South Panola squashes Charleston in doubleheader
     South Panola shortstop Jameson Rodgers, No. 17, and third baseman Bryce Belvin, No. 8, team up to tag out this Charleston runner in a run down between second and third bases Saturday.
By Myra Bean

Charleston was not quite sure what it ran into Saturday on the baseball field.

In doubleheader action, South Panola drubbed the Charleston Tigers in both games.

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The first game, a 17-0 shutout in three innings, was a no-contest for the hot hitting South Panola Tigers.
The second game saw the younger players getting some varsity action with a 9-1 seventh inning win.

Barrett Johnson got the win for the first game.

Everybody was hitting for the Tigers in the first game as the Tigers went through the lineup and started over in the bottom of the first inning.

Some hits, just in the first inning, were a double, a single and a RBI (run batted in) by Johnson and a single and RBI by Josh Boren. Ethan Bright hit two singles with two RBIs and scored on a passed ball.

Lance Hendrix had a walk off RBI. Kyle Crofford had a double with two RBIs and David Renfroe had a RBI.

In the bottom of the second, with the bases loaded, Bright hit a grand slam homerun scoring Johnson, Jameson Rodgers and Josh Boren, who had all singled to load the bases.

In the second inning, Jonathon Flint got the win for the Tigers pitching the complete game.

The Tigers, 11-4 overall, 2-1 district, are set to resume district action tonight hosting Horn Lake at 5 and 7 p.m. They will travel to Horn Lake Friday to finish up the three-game series with the Eagles at 5 and 7 p.m.

Saturday, the Tigers return home to host Senatobia in non-district action at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lady Tigers down Hernando
The South Panola Lady Tigers defeated Hernando for the first time ever 5-4 on Thursday afternoon in non-district action.

It was a seventh-inning two out rally that gave the Lady Tigers the victory, according to coach John Davis. The Lady Tigers were down 4-3 in the top of the seventh with nobody on base and two outs. South Panola loaded the bases and Leann Parrish came through on a two RBI double to give the Lady Tigers the lead. They held Hernando in the bottom of the seventh and took the win.

"It was a big win for us," Davis said. "Hernando has a good team, a good pitcher and is well-coached."

Lauren Suratt got the win with three strikeouts.

In other weekend action, the Lady Tigers defeated Olive Branch 17-0 Friday in district action. Whitney Kiihnl got that win.

Saturday, the Lady Tigers participated in the Northeast Mississippi Community College tournament in Booneville and won two of three games.

They lost to Cleveland 5-4. Cleveland came back in the bottom of the seventh to take the win.

They defeated Colbert Heights 10-0 in five innings.

Kiihnl, Casi Brooks and Parrish all hit a triple. Kiihnl got the win with nine strikeouts.

The "big game" of the tournament was against Florence, Ala. South Panola won 2-1 in eight innings.

Parrish scored the winning run off a Bethany Moore single RBI.

Suratt got the win with 10 strikeouts.

"That was one of the better teams we have played," Davis said. "A lot of hustle and teamwork won the game for us."

Davis was also complimentary of the play in the outfield. He said there were many times the balls could have been down for plays but the outfielders made the catch.

The Lady Tigers have a big week against some of the ranked teams in the state. Tonight they will host No. 3 ranked Horn Lake. Friday they will host No. 1 ranked Madison Central.

Virus alert: madness bug
By Myra Bean

Sometime one has to have a reason to get caught up in all the hoopla (no pun intended) surrounding March Madness.

For some, no reason is needed except the love of college basketball.

To some it helps to know some players or for the teams to be local or something like that.

On my end, I use a little broader spectrum than just a local team (meaning Mississippi team). I go with the SEC. This year the pot got a little sweeter with Memphis.

Now, the University of Memphis is farther away than Ole Miss but a whole lot closer to us than Mississippi State and Southern so they feel like a home team. Especially since the news coverage here is from the Memphis area stations.

So it’s like we’re going to the Sweet 16 with the Memphis Tigers. The Tigers are hot and playing great basketball.

The Tigers will meet the sleeper team of the conference Thursday in Bradley.

In each of the four division, the teams are ranked or seeded 1 through 16.

Memphis is No. 1 and has defeated No. 16 Oral Roberts and No. 9 Bucknell.

Bradley is seeded No. 13 and has defeated No. 4 Kansas and No. 5 Pittsburgh. Bradley is moving up the ladder.

The Memphis/Bradley game can be seen Thursday night at 6:27 p.m. CST on CBS. The game will be played in Oakland, Calif.

Left in the SEC is

– No. 4 LSU who will take on No. 1 Duke Thursday
  night at 7:10 p.m. EST in Atlanta, Ga., and

– No. 3 Florida and No. 7 Georgetown will play
  Friday, following the No. 1 Villanova / No. 4
  Boston College game in Minneapolis, Minn.
  which begins at 6:10 p.m. CST.

Other games include:

– No. 2 Texas and No. 6 West Virginia in
  Atlanta Thursday, following Duke and LSU;

– No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Gonzaga on Saturday,
  in Oakland, following the Memphis game;

– No. 7 Wichita St. and No. 11 George Mason
  Friday at 7:27 p.m. EST;

– No. 1 Connecticut and No. 5 Washington on
  Friday in Washington, D.C. following Wichita St.
  and George Mason.

The Lady Rebels are keeping basketball alive for the Ole Miss crowd with their win Sunday over Kansas. They will play again Wednesday.

If this doesn’t interest you, there’s some outdoors diamond action when the rain lets up.



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