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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.


Lumberton, Sacred Heart start 1A postseason play

By CAMAL PETRO,

The past couple of seasons both Sacred Heart and Lumberton were guaranteed a playoff spot because of only four teams in its region. This season, however, each team had to claw its way in, and both have earned spots in the postseason.



PETRO: It's playoff baseball time

By CAMAL PETRO,

Just like that, the high school baseball playoffs are upon us. I got a late start to normal coverage this season because of Hattiesburg’s run to the state championship in basketball, but it felt like this season flew by faster than normal.




No. 15 Lady Bobcats whip No. 23 Meridian Thursday

By FROM JCJC,

MERIDIAN – The 15th-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats beat Meridian Community College 7-2 Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Bobcats are now 14-3.

In the men’s match, the No. 10 Eagles defeated No. 25 JCJC, 7-2. The Bobcats are 6-11.



Wildcats remain in first place after split with Southwest

By STAN CALDWELL,

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College got all it wanted from Southwest Mississippi Tuesday in an MACJC doubleheader at Dub Herring Park.

The Bears overcame a 4-0 deficit to win the first game 10-7, but the Wildcats came back to win the nightcap 9-6 and earn a split of the two games.


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