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JACKSON – Southern Miss junior right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin collected the 2018 C Spire Ferriss Trophy Monday afternoon at a luncheon held at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson.

PEARL – The monkey is finally off Joe Hartfield’s back, and an awful nickname won’t stick with him either.

It doesn’t matter who’s on the mound; there aren’t too many pitchers who intimidate the Hattiesburg hitters. When Lewisburg’s Bryce Brock, a Mississippi State signee, took the mound, he was 11-0 with a 0.79 earned run average.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS, Camal and Andrew recap Hattiesburg’s Game 1 win over Lewisburg Tuesday and preview Game 2 Thursday. Camal pulls back the curtain of some details that weren’t talked about from Game 1, too.

PEARL – The Hattiesburg Tigers were the first to throw a curveball in Game 1 of the 5A State Championship. Instead of throwing their ace, senior Dexter Jordan, Hattiesburg went with junior Landon Rascoe.

And it worked.

Remembering Hattiesburg’s own, the ‘Blade’


Ricky Donegan, who threw some of the prettiest passes these eyes ever saw, died of cancer April 17 at age 68 in his adopted hometown of Tupelo. And I know what some of you older readers are thinking: “Ricky Donegan, where have I heard that name before?”

Homers lift Tulane over USM


HATTIESBURG – Luke Reynolds hit a pair of home runs in the same game for the third time this season Tuesday night but it wasn’t enough as No. 13 Southern Miss fell 10-7 to Tulane at Pete Taylor Park.

Armstrong, Moore talk NFL Draft selection


HATTIESBURG – Former Southern Miss Golden Eagles’ Tavarius Moore and Cornell, two of the three USM players drafted in last week’s NFL Draft, met with the local media Tuesday afternoon to discuss their selections.

Sumrall drops Game 3 to West Lauderdale Monday


COLLINSVILLE — Coming into the series West Lauderdale had the slight advantage pitching and Sumrall had a slight advantage hitting. 
Behind Hunter Eldridge and the late pitching of Mason Willis, the Knights got past Sumrall 4-2 at Jerry Boatner Field in the decisive Game 3 of the second round of the MHSAA Class 4A Baseball Playoffs.

PRCC rallies to sweep doubleheader at Holmes


POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College got its offense back on track Saturday in sweeping an MACJC doubleheader against Holmes.

The Wildcats made short work of the Bulldogs, rapping out 15 hits in a 16-1 victory in the opener, then scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete the sweep 10-9 at Goodman.

Oak Grove sweeps Pearl


PEARL — All it took for Oak Grove was one big inning.

Behind a three-run fifth inning and the pitching of sophomore Luke Lyon the Warriors got past Pearl 5-1 to sweep the Pirates in the second round of the MHSAA Class 6A Baseball playoffs at Pirate Park on Saturday night.