MHSAA 6A baseball playoffs, second round
Best of three series, game three
Hernando 4, South Panola 0 (Hernando wins 2-1)
Hernando to play Northwest Rankin in the third round. Tigers started with two runs in the first inning, along with single runs in the second and fourth innings. Grant Johnson led a 10-hit attack with three of his own for Hernando. Winning pitcher Ben Brantley struck out 10 in the complete-game victory.
MHSAA 5A baseball playoffs, second round
Best of three series, game two
Lewisburg 6, Germantown (Madison) 4, eight innings (Lewisburg wins 2-0)
Lewisburg to play Neshoba Central/Saltillo winner in the third round. Patriots scored twice in the eighth inning after Germantown had tied in with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Jacob Hill led the Lewisburg offense with three hits. NOTE: Saltillo defeated Neshoba Central 16-8 Saturday to force a third game Monday night to determine series winner.
Lafayette 12, Center Hill 3 (Lafayette wins 2-0)
Lafayette to play Ridgeland in third round. Center Hill took a 1-0 lead in the first and scored two runs in the fifth. Lafayette finished off the game with seven runs in the
Ridgeland 9, Olive Branch 8 (Ridgeland wins 2-0)
The Titans opened with a five-run first inning against the Quistors. Olive Branch scored three runs in the fourth, again in the sixth inning and plated one more in the seventh, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Regular season baseball
Northpoint Christian 8, Macon Road Baptist, Tenn. 0, five innings (game one)
Lance Saulsberry throws a perfect game for Northpoint Christian, who scored five times in the second inning. Blake Cherry had three hits and drove in three runs for the Trojans. Saulsberry struck out six.
Northpoint Christian 12, Macon Road Baptist, Tenn. 1, five innings (game two)
Blake Cherry tossed a no-hitter for Northpoint and struck out five in the victory. The Trojans scored five times in the first and five more in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Landon Murrell drove in three runs.
MHSAA 6A softball playoffs, second round
Best of three series, game two
Hernando 8, Northwest Rankin 6 (series tied 1-1)
Hernando answered a six-run third inning by Northwest Rankin with its own six-run inning in the fourth and scored once more in the sixth. Rylee Eyster scored two runs for the Lady Tigers and had two hits in the win, along with Avery Taylor and Macey Everett. Emmie Muizers hit a grand slam homer to drive in four of Hernando’s eight runs. Pitcher Julia Shaw struck out three in 4.2 innings pitched.
Hernando 8, Northwest Rankin 7 (Hernando wins 2-1)
Hernando to play DeSoto Central in North Half finals.
DeSoto Central 8, Madison Central 0 (DeSoto Central wins 2-0)
Lady Jags advance to North Half finals. Lady Jags had a 7-0 lead after four innings.
NORTH HALF 6A TRACK: Southaven had the best team finishes from DeSoto County in the MHSAA 6A North Half track finals at Madison Central on Saturday.
The Southaven girls finished second to team champion Clinton by a 191-125 margin, while the Charger boys finished fifth with 45 points. Clinton also took the boys’ championship with a total of 162 points.
Among the boys, Hernando took sixth overall (34 points) with DeSoto Central 10th (22 points). Horn Lake was 14th overall with seven points.
After the Southaven girls, Hernando took fourth (56 points) and DeSoto Central Central finished fifth (47 points).
Individual event champions from DeSoto County included Daejah Eddings of DeSoto Central in the girls 400 meter dash (:57.97), and Katelyn Cartwright of Hernando was a double winner in the girls 800 meter run (2:21.64) and the 1600 meter run (5:19.40). The Hernando girls won the 4x800 meter relay in a time of 9:53.43, Southaven’s Jennie Matlock took the girls long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5.5 inches. Keshuna Byrd took the girls’ shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 9.75 inches and the girls’ discus throw with a toss of 122 feet, six inches.
The boys’ meet saw Hernando’s Preston Burks take the 1,600 meter run in a time of 4:38.64.
NORTH HALF 5A TRACK: Center Hill’s girls track meet repeated as North Half team champions in the Saturday’s meet at Ridgeland, while the Mustang boys had the best DeSoto County finish in the same meet.
The Lady Mustangs claimed the team title with 103 points to second place Lafayette with 87.5. Olive Branch finished sixth overall (36 points), Lewisburg was 10th (31 points) and Lake Cormorant was tied for 11th with 15 points.
After the Center Hill boys, Lake Cormorant took seventh (39 points), Lewisburg was 10th (31 points) and Olive Branch was 11th with 29 points.
Individual girls winners from DeSoto County were: Kaylen Johnson in the 100 meter dash (12.34 seconds), the Center Hill 4x100 meter relay team (49.32 seconds), the Lady Mustangs’ 4x200 meter relay team (1:45.90), Center Hill’s 4x400 meter relay team (4:24.56), Lewisburg’s Lanie Moss in the girls’ high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) and Olive Branch’s Jada Fortenberry in the girls’ long jump (16 feet, 11 inches).
Boys’ individual event winners Saturday were: the Lake Cormorant 4x100 meter relay team (43.25 seconds) and Center Hill’s Lee Sanders in the pole vault (11 feet, 6 inches)
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.