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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.

Ulmer returns from injury to help lead HHS to state title

By CAMAL PETRO,

JACKSON – Sophomore Chelsea Ulmer has been a bright spot for the Hattiesburg Lady Tigers since her freshman season. With her older sister, Terralyn Ulmer, leading the team as the point guard, Chelsea averaged 10 points and three steals a game as a freshman last season.


JCJC baseball sweeps BRCC

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – No. 1 Jones County posted a pair of close wins over Baton Rouge Community College (Louisiana) here Wednesday at Community Bank Park.



USM baseball falls to 'Bama

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Five Alabama pitchers limited No. 15 Southern Miss to two singles Wednesday night as the Crimson Tide took a 3-0 win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.


Lady Bobcats whip Northwest to reach Region 23 semifinals

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

CLINTON – Fifth-rated Jones County Junior College placed five players in double figures as they eased past Northwest 77-55 in the first round of the Region 23 Tournament here Wednesday afternoon at the A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.


Turnovers plague Lady Warriors in 6A Semifinals

By CAMAL PETRO,

JACKSON – Even without their leading scorer and a key defensive presence in the paint, the Murrah Lady Mustangs ended the Oak Grove Lady Warriors’ season with a 43-37 loss in the 6A Semifinals Wednesday.


JCJC softball, baseball ranked No. 1

By FROM JCJC,

ELLISVILLE – A bit of history was made Tuesday afternoon.

Both the Jones County Junior College baseball and softball teams are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the first 2018 NJCAA Division II regular season polls that were released.


Wildcats knock off Gulf Coast to advance in regional

By STAN CALDWELL,

CLINTON – The beat goes on for Pearl River Community College in men’s basketball.

The Wildcats used a smothering defense and got enough out of their offense to roll past Mississippi Gulf Coast 66-57 Tuesday night in the quarterfinal round of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.


Going undefeated is hard to do

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Years ago, New Hope's baseball team went through an entire season undefeated and finished 43-0, causing the late, great baseball legend Boo Ferriss to gush.

“Forty-three and zero,” Ferriss said. “That's unbelievable! There are too many pebbles and rocks on a baseball field to do that. Sooner or later, you've got to get a bad hop.”


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