DECATUR -- All it came down to was one big inning for Newton County.
Behind a four-run fifth inning the Cougars edged past Sumrall 5-4 in the decisive Game 3 of the MHSAA Class 4A Baseball South State Championship Series on Sunday afternoon.
After three rounds of postseason baseball, three PineBeltSPORTS teams remain in the hunt for a trip to Trustmark Park next week. Petal, Hattiesburg and Sumrall are a combined 16-0 record in the playoffs, and only Petal was the underdog to reach this point.
PEARL – The Oak Grove Warriors track team had a pair of second place finishes at the 2A/4A/6A State Track Meet Friday afternoon at Pearl High School, and one was met with celebration while the other was gut-wrenching.
SUMRALL – On Tuesday night in game 2 against West Lauderdale, the Bobcats’ defense committed seven errors in a win. On Thursday night in game 1 of the 4A state quarterfinals, Sumrall played perfect defense in the 3-0 win over Northeast Jones.
The Panthers have been the story of this year’s playoffs with a perfect 4-0 record heading into the third round matchup with Terry Thursday.
It was a successful first round for the four PineBeltSPORTS teams, as Sumrall and Petal took care of business in two games and Oak Grove and Purvis won decisive game three’s. Now three more teams begin its trek to Trustmark Park – Hattiesburg, Sacred Heart and Lumberton.