Smithville-Cathedral updates

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Smithville had its chances, but left 10 on base in a 13-1 loss in Game 1. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.

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Smithville got a run across, still trails Cathedral 7-1 going T7.

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Neil Knight draws a walk to put two on with two out, trailing 4-0, but for the second straight inning, runners are stranded at second and third.

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Smithville strands runners at first and second, trailing Cathedral 4-0.

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Smithville trails Cathedral 4-0.

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Video: East Webster wins 2A series opener

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East Webster won its Class 1A opener, 4-3 over Taylorsville Wednesday at Trustmark Park. Reliever Kolby Crowley came in and retired 10 straight before escaping a jam and stranding Taylorsville’s tying run at third in the seventh. Here, some postgame video.

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If you’re interested in live updates from East Webster-Taylorsville, here you go. If you’re not, occupy yourself elsewhere.

East Webster hangs on to win Game 1, 4-3. Kolby Crowley leaves the tying run at third.

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East Webster adds insurance. Dillan Silver’s sac turns into a run as J.T. Slay scores on an E3. It’s 4-2 EW.

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EW leaves bases loaded, still leading 3-2 after 5.

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Kolby Crowley has retired five straight, four of them Ks. After 4.5, EW still 3-2.

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Kolby Crowley comes in with runners at the corners and leaves with runners at second and third. Strikes out back-to-back guys looking. After 3.5, EW 3, Taylorsville 2.

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John Wofford Williams sac fly makes it 3-2 EW after three. Two walks and a hit batter, no hits in the inning.

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Joseph Gateley’s RBI single has tied it at 2 on an unearned run. Austin Moffet singled and a run scored on E8, 2-1 EW.

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Luke Wilson tagged out at the plate. EW ends second straight inning at the plate.

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EW takes a 2-0 lead on John Wofford Williams’ 2-run triple.

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East Webster Game 1 pushed to Wednesday

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From Pearl this morning, @oxfordcitizenjd reports the rain at Trustmark Park has only affected one game of the baseball state championships.

Class 2A East Webster vs. Taylorsville moves from today to Wednesday, a 10 a.m. start. East Webster coach Wes Johnson talked about that possibility on Monday. Here is a link to that story and the new schedule.

Today

4 p.m., Class 5A, George County vs. Oxford

7 p.m., Class 6A, Oak Grove vs. DeSoto Central

Wednesday, May 20

10 a.m. Class 2A, Taylorsville vs. East Webster

1 p.m., Class 1A, Cathedral vs. Smithville

4 p.m., Class 4A, St. Stanislaus vs. Houston

7 p.m., Class 3A, Sumrall vs. Belmont

Thursday, May 21

1 p.m., Class 2A, Taylorsville vs. East Webster

4 p.m., Class 6A, Oak Grove vs. DeSoto Central

7 p.m., Class 5A, George County vs. Oxford

Friday, May 22

1 p.m., Class 1A, Cathedral vs. Smithville

4 p.m., Class 3A, Sumrall vs. Belmont

7 p.m., Class 4A, St. Stanislaus vs. Houston

Saturday, May 23

Games 3s if necessary, TBA

 

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2015 State Baseball Championship Schedule

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Tuesday, May 19

1 p.m., Class 2A, Taylorsville vs. East Webster

4 p.m., Class 5A, George County vs. Oxford

7 p.m., Class 6A, Oak Grove vs. DeSoto Central

Wednesday, May 20

1 p.m., Class 1A, Cathedral vs. Smithville

4 p.m., Class 4A, St. Stanislaus vs. Houston

7 p.m., Class 3A, Sumrall vs. Belmont

Thursday, May 21

1 p.m., Class 2A, Taylorsville vs. East Webster

4 p.m., Class 6A, Oak Grove vs. DeSoto Central

7 p.m., Class 5A, George County vs. Oxford

Friday, May 22

1 p.m., Class 1A, Cathedral vs. Smithville

4 p.m., Class 3A, Sumrall vs. Belmont

7 p.m., Class 4A, St. Stanislaus vs. Houston

Saturday, May 23

Games 3s if necessary, TBA

 

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Scores from Friday, May 15

H.S. Baseball
MHSAA state semifinals
Class 1A
Smithville 11, Ingomar 9

H.S. Softball
MHSAA state championship series
(Best-of-3, Game 1)
Class 1A
Smithville 11, Nanih Waiya 6
Class 2A
Loyd Star 3, East Webster 2
Class 3A
Mooreville 10, Philadelphia 0

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France’s Garel stateside to stay

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TREMONT – Pierre Garel’s parents couldn’t make it to his signing. They were probably busy eating supper.

That, and it is a two-day journey involving multiple cities and multiple airplanes, overlapping a seven-hour time difference to Tremont, where in nine months, Garel became a basketball star in the states.

Garel, a French exchange student from Tours not ready to exchange back, signed a basketball scholarship Friday with Blue Mountain.

He has his parents’ blessing, from afar.

“They told me that it was my decision,” Garel said, “I was enough older. And I think it’s something that can be really good for me, the opportunity to keep playing basketball.”

He was certainly good for Tremont, a 6-foot guard who averaged 17.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game. He’s also been known to dunk a few. To keep slamming on American rims, Garel will have to apply for an F1 visa to continue to study here.

“One year is one thing, then to basically commit to doing it for four more years at least is even a bigger commitment,” Tremont coach Brian Pearson said, “but it just shows his love for the game. I think he really enjoys the competitiveness of basketball here in America and I think he knows that’s what he’ll get.”

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Watch: Cole “Toothpick” Williams after Smithville evens series

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INGOMAR – Smithville evened the Class 1A series Thursday with a 7-3 win at Ingomar. Cole Williams’ two-run home run had something to do with that. Williams, who also had am RBI single, went to the plate with a toothpick in his mouth.

Here is the story for Friday’s #DJournal and Williams talking about said toothpick.

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Scores from Thursday, May 14

Baseball
Smithville 7, Ingomar 3
East Webster 10, Hatley 7
Belmont 4, Kossuth 3
Houston 5, Lafayette 1
New Hope 1, Oxford 0

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Houston headed to 4A title series for first time

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Houston is headed to the first state championship baseball series in school history.

The Hilltoppers (28-9) completed a North finals sweep of Lafayette Thursday with a 5-1 win on the road, a road that now leads to Trustmark Park to take on today’s Game 3 winner between North Pike and St. Stanislaus.

As exciting as that is, Houston coach Scott Gann has already tempered it.

“It’s exciting,” Gann said. “We’re ready to try and get two more wins.”

Houston was all business in the sweep, defensive gems both night, Thursday diving grabs from Zack Poteete and Garrison Howell.

Houston’s five runs over the first two innings were plenty for starter Clay Hillhouse (6-2) and closer Denver McQuary.

“We played extremely well. They are a great hitting club. Clay battled and gave us five really good strong innings,” Gann said. “We knew he would.”

Tied at one after one, Hillhouse led off the second inning with a double before McQuary cleared loaded bases with a triple off the left-center wall for a 4-1 lead. Howell’s RBI triple to the same spot made it 5-1. Austin Arrington (4-1) took the loss for the Dores (24-8).

Gann, in his fifth year as head coach, eighth overall, led the Toppers to their first division title since 2006.
“When I came in my first year as head coach, I told them this is the expectation,” Gann said. “It has been every year.”

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Video interviews after Houston’s Game 1 win

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Houston goes to Lafayette tonight  at 6, a game away from a berth in the Class 4A championship series. The Toppers won a wild 2-1 finish Tuesday at home. Here is the video of the finish, the story and video talks with Colton Foster, who scored the winner, and Zack Poteete, who drove him in.

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Game 2s move up a day

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Game 2s of baseball’s North finals series have all moved to today. Originally scheduled for Friday, five remaining Journal-area schools are one win away from a berth in the state championship series.
The lone road winner Tuesday was Ingomar, which hosts Smithville in Class 1A at 7 p.m. In Class 2A, East Webster is at Hatley at 6:30. In 3A, Belmont is at Kossuth at 7:30. In 4A, Houston is at Lafayette and 6 and in 5A Oxford is at New Hope at 7.

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Watch: Zack Poteete in play for the win

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Zack Poteete barely had an at-bat (HBP, sac) and he still doesn’t have a hit, but he has a game-winner. After watching Luke Hancock intentionally walked in front of him, this happened to give Houston a 2-1 win over Lafayette in Game 1 in the best-of-three 4A semifinals series.

“Put the ball in play and good things are going to happen,” Houston coach Scott Gann said.

That’s baseball.

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