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On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS, it’s high school baseball playoff time. Camal and Andrew dive into conversations about each playoff series involving Petal, Purvis, Sumrall, Sacred Heart and Lumberton. Plus, interviews from some of the area’s coaches.

The top-seeded Purvis Tornadoes and the second-seeded Sumrall Bobcats have had their fair-share of intense battles this season, but as the two begin their respective playoff journey, a rematch wouldn’t happen until the south state series.

The Oak Grove Lady Warriors are a young team, but most of the players were a part of last season’s early playoff exit. A year older, Oak Grove has posted an 18-2 overall record and it earned a first-round bye in the 6A playoffs after sweeping Region 5-6A play.

The Purvis Tornadoes have found their new head football coach, and they didn’t go very far to get him. PineBeltSPORTS learned Monday afternoon Purvis defensive coordinator Brad Hankins will now lead the program.

This was a no-brainer for Sacred Heart – the 2-year old baseball field at the Sacred Heart Athletic Complex was always going to dubbed after the architect of Sacred Heart baseball.


Ole Miss completes season series sweep of USM Tuesday

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

PEARL, Miss. – Thomas Dillard and Chase Cockrell each drove in three runs to lead No. 4 Ole Miss over No. 12 Southern Miss in an 11-3 triumph Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.

The Golden Eagles (22-10) fell for the fourth-straight time to the Rebels.

Matthew Guidry and Matt Wallner led the Golden Eagles with two hits apiece.


Lady Bobcats sweep Meridian

By FROM JCJC,

MERIDIAN – No. 6 Jones County took two games from Meridian here Tuesday afternoon.

Hallie Donald (Mooreville) went the distance and allowed no earned runs to lead the Lady Bobcats to a 9-4 win in game one. Madison Burge (Harrison Central) allowed just one earned run in 5.1 innings as JCJC took game two, 6-1.


Bobcats crush Co-Lin twice

By FROM JCJC,

WESSON – The 10th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats put up 30 runs in 11 innings here Tuesday afternoon in an impressive sweep against Copiah-Lincoln Community College.


Bobcats welcome 21 for spring football practice

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – There will be only so much the Jones County Junior College Bobcats can do for spring football practice this season.

Only 21 Bobcats are out for spring work, which began Monday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.




Berry talks inconsistency after loss to WKU Saturday

By CAMAL PETRO,

HATTIESBURG – Southern Miss coach Scott Berry has a lot of concerns about his team’s consistency in the last eight games. Since winning two-of-three at Florida Atlantic, the Golden Eagles are 4-4 overall with two of those losses to conference opponents.


1968 JCJC baseball team holds 50-year reunion

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – Members of the 1968 Jones County Junior College baseball team were back on campus recently for a 50-year reunion.

Those players were at the JCJC vs. Southwest Mississippi doubleheader on April 4 and enjoyed food and fellowship at the games.


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