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SP Tiger baseball playoffs

Tigers 2nd, earn playoff berth

By Brad Greer
The South Panola Tigers wrapped up the runner-up spot in Region 2-5A by taking a pair of games from Columbus Tuesday night.

In the first game, the Tigers rapped out 15 hits in a 18-3 five-inning romp over the Falcons. Joseph Blair led South Panola at the plate with a pair of doubles and a single. Monroe Harrison, Ethan Bright, and Whit Whitten each doubled and singled while David Renfroe doubled and homered. Tyler Benson added a single and triple for the winners. Renfroe hit a round tripper in both games while collecting six RBI’s on the night.

Colton Ales got the complete game victory on the mound by scattering four hits on the night to improve to 6-5 on the season. The senior left-hander got plenty of run support as the Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and seven each in the second and fourth innings to win going away.

In the nightcap, Whitten registered the win on the hill by throwing four innings to run his record to 3-0 on the year as South Panola took a 9-2 victory. Renfroe pitched one inning of scoreless relief in the fifth.

Ryan Maxwell added a double in the game as both teams had six hits in the game.

South Panola, (14-9; 5-3) hosted No. 1 nationally-ranked Tupelo last night and will close out the regular season at home tomorrow against Clinton at 3 p.m. Tonight’s regularly scheduled game against Southaven has been canceled due to the fact South Panola will play the Chargers Thursday at 7 p.m at Northwest Rankin in the opening round of the North 5A playoffs.