Sports / Outdoors – 4/3/2007

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 3, 2007

The Panolian: SPORTS – April 3, 2007

  From the 04/03/07 issue of The Panolian   

Tigers’ struggle with Southaven continues
     South Panola pitcher David Renfroe goes to make the out at home against Southaven Friday night.
By Myra Bean

South Panola High School baseball pitchers do well against most teams but seem to fall short against Southaven.

"Southaven is really a strong hitting team," said Tiger head coach Patrick Robey. "We also made some mistakes defensively."

Though the Tigers did not get shutout against Southaven Friday, they lost by 10 points, 14-4, in the third game of this district series.

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Southaven has scored 39 runs against the Tigers in the three games, Robey pointed out.

South Panola had a 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Pitcher David Renfroe tripled and drove home catcher Mitchell Houston who had singled to get on base.

Then first baseman, Ethan Bright, in a back-to-back triple, drove home Renfroe for the second score of the evening.

Center fielder Heath Bolton singled to drive home Bright. Bolton made it to third base on a steal but the Tigers were not able to get that run in.

Southaven did not get a score in until the top of the third inning on a passed ball.

South Panola scored its final run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Monroe Harrison hit on a single with two outs and two balls and drove home Marty Stokes who got hit by a pitch to get on base.

Stokes advanced around the bases on a sacrifice bunt from Joseph Blair and a ground out to third by Corbin Moore.

Southaven tied the score in the top of the fifth inning by scoring three runs. A sacrifice fly to right field scored one runner. A RBI (run batted in) double drove home the others.

In the top of the sixth, Southaven bats really came alive as they scored seven runs. Five runs were scored with two outs.

David Renfroe started the game for the Tigers and pitched 5.1 innings to get the loss. Ethan Bright relieved him for .2 inning and Colton Ales finished out the game.

"When David and Heath (Bolton) can’t go the distance in these big games, that hurts us," Robey said.

If the pitch count gets high in the beginning, it is hard for the top two pitchers to finish out the game, according to Robey. Renfroe had 105 pitches when he relinquished the mound in the fifth.

"We have others who pitch well," Robey said. "David and Heath do a heck of a job."

The Tigers took out Senatobia 15-3 in five innings Saturday. Ethan Bright picked up his ninth home run of the season. Tyler Benson pitched for the win.

The Tigers are not yet out of the playoff picture. They have two games with Olive Branch next Week on April 10 and 13. Tuesday’s game will be at home and Friday’s in Olive Branch.

The Tigers and Hernando made up Saturday’s rained out game last night but the score was not available at press time.

The only other action on the calendar this week is playing in the Desoto County Tournament.

Thursday the Tigers will play Jackson County, Mo. at 5:30 p.m. at Horn Lake. On Friday the Tigers will play Desoto Central at 11 a.m. at Desoto Central. Following the 11 a.m. contest the Tigers will play Farmington, Mo. at 1:30 p.m.

Lady Tiger softball team goes for win over Southaven to make playoffs, asks for attendance of community
By Myra Bean

The South Panola Lady Tigers faced some stiff competition at the Southaven Tournament this past weekend.

The Lady Tigers (22-4 overall, 3-1 district) exited the tournament 1-1 with two games rained out.

Against Covington, Tenn., South Panola lost its fourth game of the season, 2-0, Friday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers buckled down the next game and defeated Mooreville, 1-0 in the late game.

This is a big week for the Lady Tigers as they host Southaven Thursday in a district game.

This game could determine which teams goes to the playoff. South Panola defeated Southaven 2-1 in a district matchup earlier in the season. Southaven returned the favor in a tournament with a 3-2 victory, which did not count in district record.
Upon a South Panola win, Southaven could be out of the playoffs if they lose to Horn Lake again. Thursday’s game is for second place in the district as both teams have lost to Horn Lake once this season.

Coaches Ashley Hicks and John "J.D." Davis are asking for community support in this huge game.

"It is very important for the team to realize they have the support from the school and community," Hicks said. "I think this will help us push through this with a win."

This would be the first playoff for the Lady Tiger fastpitch softball team. The concession stand will be open with grilled burgers and hot dogs. The lights are up and the scoreboard is working on the newly-completed field.

The games start at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity and at 6 p.m. for the varsity.

SP tennis remains undefeated;
BJH track teams see action
By Myra Bean

The South Panola Tennis team goes to 5-0-1 overall, 3-0 district after the 5-0 sweep of Southaven Thursday.

Due to scoring problems, Tiger head coach Kim Wilson did not have the names of the Southaven players.

The Tigers played Olive Branch in a district match Monday but the score was not available at press time.

The Tigers will host Horn Lake Thursday in a district match at 4 p.m. and will host Southaven Tuesday.

BJH Track
The Batesville Jr. High School Track team will participate in a New Albany tournament today.

The track team participated in an Oxford tournament last Thursday and placed fourth with 72 points.

Placing first was the 800 meter relay team of Ronald Ware, Jeremiah Watson, Dedrick Twilley and William Hentz with a time of 1:40.98.

The 400 meter relay team also placed first with a time of 48.21 seconds. Team members include Justin Smith, Jeremiah Watson, Dedrick Twilley and William Hentz.

Other first place finishes went to Hentz in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.0 seconds and Watson in the long jump for a distance of 11’9".

A second place finish went to Twilley in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:23.6. Watson was second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.61 and Justin Smith was second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.37 seconds.

The only third place finish was by Martez Hooks in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 48.23 seconds.

Three fourth place finishes were recorded.

In a field event, Deshondrick Hines placed fourth in the shot put.

Ronald Ware was fourth in the 3200 meter run (2-miles run) in 13:20 minutes.

The 1600 meter relay team (1-mile) placed fourth. Team members include Justin Smith, Tilmus Jackson, D’Isaac House and Martez Hooks.

Other finishes include Keith Wyatts, sixth in shot put; Marquise Hamilton and Darius Johnson, seventh and eighth places in discus throw, respectively.

Batesville Jr. High did not field a girl’s track team this year.



ND remains strong in district with win over West Memphis, falls to Lee Aca.
By Myra Bean

The North Delta Green Wave ran into a brick wall when they hosted the Lee Academy Colts of Clarksdale Friday.

Lee Academy downed the Green Wave 17-2 in non-district action.

The Green Wave padded its district record 5-1 with a 6-2 win over West Memphis Christian School Thursday afternoon. The overall record is 6-5.

Against West Memphis, Jim Tom Copeland got the win.

Dakota Mabry hit his third home run of the season. Mabry hit a three-run homer to put the Green Wave up 5-0.

Jon Michael Ware took the loss from the mound against Lee Academy Friday.

Josh Garrott scored the only run of the first inning for the Green Wave.

In the bottom of the fifth, Evan West scored on a double RBI (run batted in) by Mabry.

The junior high games with Magnolia Heights were rained out Saturday.

The Green Waves are off this week and will return to action Tuesday, April 10, in Desoto, Ark. for district action. The Green Waves return home Thursday, April 12, to host Marvell in district games at 4 and 6 p.m.

Cardinals and Redbirds put on exhibition
By Angie Ledbetter

The World Champion St. Louis Cardinals visited AutoZone Park on Friday, March 30, to take on the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in an exhibition game. The Cardinals defeated the Redbirds 6-2 in front of 15,116 fans who were waiting eagerly to see the MLB start the season off.

The Redbirds got on the scoreboard first with runs from Nick Stavinoha at the bottom of the second and the bottom of the fifth when Brian Esposito grounded out.

It was not until the top of the seventh inning before the Cardinals got in the game. Scott Rolen and Scott Spiezio each scored a run.

The big difference in the game was the eighth inning. Gary Bennett hit a grand slam to the left field with the bases loaded for the Cardinals driving home Chris Duncan, Albert Pujois and So Taguchi.

Duncan had started the inning with a double and Pujois and Taguchi drew walks. That was the final scoring of the game.

Praying hands become healing hands

By Robert Neill

I will probably be out of prison by the time you read this.

We spent Palm Sunday weekend, Thursday through Sunday, in prison at the Central Mississippi Men’s Unit. As you’re possibly guessed, we were on another one of those Kairos Prison Ministry weekends.

I was leading the music, and my former guitar player and good friend Jesse Heath was the Leader for Kairos No. 16.

But what I wanted to tell you about was the Saturday before we ended up in prison. At the all-day Team meeting, we hold a Prayer Circle, during which (it often takes two hours) every member of the 50-person team prays over, and gets prayed over, by every other member of the Team.

It is a very moving, meaningful time, and if your church or Sunday School class or Share Group hasn’t tried that, then you belong to consider it.

The way we did it on Jesse’s Team is, half of the Team, led by Uncle Bob, stood behind the seated half, and started the Prayer Circle. Since I was first in line standing behind Roy, my keyboard player, I prayed over him, then sat in the vacant chair on his left.

Every other Team member prayed over me before I had a chance to rise and start praying around the circle for them.

As the Team members passed by me, laying hands on my shoulders and often stooping down to voice their prayers by my good ear, I basked in the Love of the moment, feeling lifted up by a Power I knew but can never fully comprehend.

Even though she was not on the Team, I was struck by how many of the veterans also prayed for Betsy, for she has worked in Kairos nearly ten years now, and we are known as a team couple.

Then I got to thinking of, and thanking for, the praying hands.

When you are being prayed over by a bunch of people, for any reason, they will most often put their hands on you. That’s Biblical, and it’s also a healing of sorts.

Jesus did it. I had one lady who has a special Gift stop me afterward to tell me, "I could sense something hurting you, just at the base of your breastbone, but as I prayed for it to be healed, it just disappeared, so I think you’re okay."

Healing still works today: not by people, but by the God we serve, who sometimes heals through people, be they licensed physicians or Gifted Prayer Warriors.

But the praying hands that were laid on me for that hour were so different.

Some were almost rough – Rusty gave a relaxing back rub while he prayed, and I have been accused of the same technique.

"I’ll give you a half-hour to stop that," I murmured.

Some, like the lady who sensed a hurt, were laid on me so softly I could hardly feel them. The temperature was what was so strange, to me anyway.

Some of the hands – men and women – were actually hot. Some were warm. Some were cool. I had no doubt that all were sincere, because I recognized most of the voices, except for a few of the Team rookies.

Why the difference in the temperatures of those hands, I wondered? We’re all supposed to be about 98 degrees, aren’t we? Why did some hands almost burn, and made me sweat?

Of course, my right hand that was crushed in the cotton gin lint cleaner has a noticeable temperature coolness from my left in the wintertime, so much so that Betsy often complains when we snuggle up. Yet I doubted that anyone else on the Team had crushed hands.
One thing I was certain of: God was in all of them. Those praying hands would carry us through the entire Kairos four days at CMCF the next week, and bring us back home for the Easter weekend better for the experience.

What’s even better is that most of those 42 residents of CMCF would be better able to celebrate Easter Morning after going through the Kairos weekend. And we would, too.

Then I got to wondering, as the Team had passed by me praying and I stood to now pray over them one by one, what were my own hands like? Rough but relaxing, like Rusty’s?

Soft and tear-watered, like Gail’s? Hot like Willy’s, or warm like Mike’s, or cool like Al’s? Could God use my hands like he had used theirs to comfort, condition, and heal others? I hope so. I sure do hope so.




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