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Lewisburg third baseman Dylan Bond readies to catch a pop fly during a district contest against Center Hill this season. The Patriots have reached the third round of the MHSAA 5A playoffs and host Saltillo Thursday at 5 p.m.

Four DeSoto County baseball players were named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches 5A/6A North All-Star team Monday. They were Ben Brantley and Dalton Kendrick of Hernando, Kamren James of DeSoto Central and Landon Rogers of Lewisburg. They will play their South counterparts on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8 at William Carey University-Milton Wheeler Field in Hattiesburg. 

MHSAA PLAYOFF BASEBALL CONTINUES: In 6A playoff baseball from Monday, Oxford defeated Madison Central 3-1 to move to the MHSAA 6A third round and face DeSoto Central, beginning Thursday. DeSoto Central will host game one Thursday at 7, and if needed, game three on Saturday, also at 7 p.m. Game two is Friday in Oxford, again with a 7 p.m. first pitch time.

Hernando travels to Northwest Rankin for its first game of the third round Thursday at 7 p.m. Game two comes back to Hernando on Friday at 7 p.m. and if needed, a third game reverts back to Northwest Rankin on Saturday, again at 7 p.m.

The schedule has been set for the Lewisburg-Saltillo MHSAA 5A playoff series, which will start Thursday at Lewisburg, starting at 5 p.m. Game two will be played at Saltillo on Friday night, with game three, if needed, coming back to Lewisburg on Saturday.

In all three cases, series winners will reach the North Half Final round.

TROJANS TRIPPED BY SBA, BEAT HARDING: The Northpoint Christian School baseball team fell in a seventh-inning walk off to St. Benedict at Auburndale 6-5 on Monday.  SBA scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win. Northpoint had scored four times in the third inning to take a 5-3 lead. Lance Saulsberry, Jared Huen and Blake Cherry each had two hits among 10 Trojan safeties. Justin Jones and Cherry each drove in a pair of runs. Blake Berry struck out two on the mound for Northpoint.

Meanwhile, the NCS Lady Trojans softball squad shut out Harding Academy on Tuesday 15-0 and had its first regional playoff contest Wednesday afternoon.

NORTHPOINT SOCCER ADVANCES: In the TSSAA Division II-A region playoffs Tuesday, Northpoint scored a 3-1 victory against Jackson, Tenn. Christian. Matt Enders scored two goals and Wade Martin added another. Northpoint plays Evangelical Christian School Thursday in the next round.

PLAYOFF SOFTBALL WEEKEND: The Hernando-DeSoto Central North Half MHSAA 6A championship series in softball will start Friday evening, May 3 at 6 p.m. in Hernando. Game two, and a possible game three if needed, would be played Saturday at DeSoto Central.  

CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS GALORE: An event is being held this evening at 6:30 p.m. when the Horn Lake Eagles football team will receive their MHSAA 6A state championship rings. It will be held at Myrtle Lakes in Lake Cormorant.

At the same time, a GoFundMe page has been set up to aid the Center Hill High School boys’ basketball team in raising funds to cover the cost of their MHSAA 5A state championship rings. A goal of $15,000 has been set.  

GOLF AND TENNIS FINALS: DeSoto Central Tuesday took eighth in the MHSAA 6A state girls golf meet and Lady Jag Erin Donovan finished in the eighth place among individual finishes. The meet was played on the Clear Creek Golf Course in Vicksburg.

The Lewisburg girls’ golf team finished in sixth place in the MHSAA 5A state meet at the Laurel Country Club. The Lady Patriots were led by senior JoyAnn Alderson in sixth place among individual finishes, along with Center Hill seventh-grader Reese McNeer, who took eighth place. 

Players who qualified for individual state tennis titles continued their competition Wednesday at Oxford. Center Hill’s top-seed Mikaila Coleman number-two seed Ally Bowen of Lafayette for the 5A state title 6-3, 6-2. The Lewisburg mixed doubles team of Reagan Salter and Isaiah Sheffield had reached the final round, but finished in second place to state champions Jacob Bell and Hannah Johnson from Germantown (Madison) 6-4, 6-1.

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

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