Rylee Eyster

Hernando's Rylee Eyster swings at a pitch during Friday's MHSAA 6A North Half Final softball game one. Eyster's three hits helped the Lady Tigers take a 1-0 lead in the series with a 3-2 defeat of DeSoto Central.  

Prep baseball

MHSAA 6A playoffs, third round, best-of-three

DeSoto Central 8, Oxford 4 (DeSoto Central wins 2-0)

DeSoto Central rallied from a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the fifth, and two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. Kyle Booker and Blaze Jordan each scored two runs and had two hits each. Dylan Hale also had a pair of hits for the Jaguars as part of an 11-hit attack. Jordan homered and drove in three runs, while Oxford committed three errors. DeSoto Central reaches North Half Final for second straight year, starting Thursday.  

Hernando 8, Northwest Rankin 0 (series tied 1-1)

Connor Spencer pitched a one-hit shutout effort for Hernando in the victory and had a no-hitter going until two were out in the seventh inning. The Tigers scored two runs in the first inning and six more in the third. Ben Brantley had hits and five RBIs for Hernando as part of a four-hit attack. Spencer struck out 12 Cougars in the victory. Game three is Monday night at Northwest Rankin, starting at 7 p.m. Winner to play DeSoto Central in the North Half Final.

MHSAA 5A playoffs, third round, best-of-three

Lewisburg 8, Saltillo 3 (series tied 1-1)

Patriots recovered from a 3-0 first-inning deficit to score three in the fifth inning and five in the sixth. Saltillo committed four errors in the game. Gray Bane, Landon Rogers, and Dylan Bond each had two RBIs to lead the Lewisburg offense. Pitcher Cooper Smith struck out five in four innings pitched. UPDATE: Game three is Monday at 7 p.m. at Lewisburg with the winner to play Lafayette in the North Half Final.

TSSAA Division II-A West Region tournament

Northpoint Christian 11, Tipton-Rosemark, Tenn. 10

Northpoint scored five times and Blake Berry had a two-run go-ahead single in the seventh inning for the victory. Jared Huen and Blake Cherry each had three hits for the Trojans and Landon Murrell had three RBIs.

Prep softball

MHSAA 6A North Half Final, best of three

Hernando 3, DeSoto Central 2 (Hernando leads 1-0)

Hernando scored once in the first and twice more in the second, then held off a late rally by DeSoto Central, which scored twice in the sixth on a home run by Kaitlyn Bednarek and back to back doubles. Each team had five hits and each committed one error. Rylee Eyster had three hits to lead the Hernando offense. UPDATE: Game two of the series is now set for 5 p.m. Monday at DeSoto Central, with game three to follow if needed.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.  

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