Connor Spencer

Hernando pitcher Connor Spencer's 11 strikeouts keyed his team's 3-1 defeat of South Panola in game two of the teams' MHSAA 6A baseball playoff series Friday night in Hernando.  

MHSAA 6A baseball playoffs, second round

Best of three, game two

DeSoto Central 14, Warren Central 7 (DeSoto Central wins 2-0)

Jaguars scored seven times in the third inning and a four-run fourth inning. DeSoto Central also scored three times in the seventh inning. Blaze Jordan and Hunter French each scored three times and had three hits each for the Jaguars. French and Connar Gardner each drove in three runs in the contest. Chase Honeycutt struck out two in a relief role for DeSoto Central, which plays Oxford/Madison Central winner in the third round, starting May 2.

Hernando 3, South Panola 1

Connor Spencer throws a two-hitter for Hernando in getting the victory while striking out 11 batters. Ben Brantley hit a two-run homer for Hernando to open the contest. A deciding game three is Saturday at 7 p.m. at South Panola.

MHSAA 5A baseball playoffs, second round

Best of three, game one

Lewisburg 5, Germantown (Madison) 2 (Lewisburg leads 1-0)

Patriots rallied with four runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Gray Bane collected three RBIs for Lewisburg in the win, while Brayden Sanders fanned four in six innings pitched. Game two is Saturday night at Germantown.

Ridgeland 3, Olive Branch 2 (Ridgeland leads 1-0)

Game two is Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Olive Branch.

Lafayette 7, Center Hill 3 (Lafayette leads 1-0)

Game two is at Center Hill at 6 p.m. Mustangs scored all three runs in the third inning. Christo Peeks and Jackson Pace each had two hits for Center Hill and Braxton Miller drove in a pair of runs. Pace and Hayden Marascuilo each struck out two for the Mustangs.

Baseball regular season

Memphis University School 5, Northpoint Christian 1

MUS scored two in the fourth inning and three in the seventh against the Trojans, which plated their only run in the third for a 1-0 lead at the time. Jared Huen had two hits for Northpoint, while Aulden Easterling struck out five in six innings pitched.

MHSAA 6A softball playoffs, third round

Best of three, game one

DeSoto Central 7, Madison Central 0 (DeSoto Central leads 1-0)

Sterling James threw 15 strikeouts for DeSoto Central, which plays game two of the series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Southaven.

Northwest Rankin 5, Hernando 2 (Northwest Rankin leads 1-0)

Game two is Saturday at 5 p.m. in Hernando. The Lady Tigers scored their only runs in the fourth inning of the game. Julia Shaw and Rylee Eyster each had two hits and Shaw and Carter each drove in a run for Hernando.

SPORTS ETC.: Olive Branch assistant football coach Kyle Stanford announced on Twitter that he was leaving to become the head football coach at Robertsdale High School in Alabama. Stanford would be replacing Chase Smith as head coach for a team that last season finished with a record of 2-8, his only year at the school. Smith will become the first coach for a new program at Orange Beach (Ala.) High School. Stanford will also become the school’s athletic director. He was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Quistors.

ARKABUTLA FISHING REPORT: The Army Corps of Engineers has released its first weekly fishing report for the spring season. As of Friday, April 26 at 7 a.m., lake elevation was at 237.9 and was rising with water conditions clearing.

Along the ramps, white bassare up the river and creeks where they can be taken on jigs or small crankbaits over sand bars. Largemouth bass will be found in the clearest water available. Spinner bait and buzz bait to locate them.

Crappie are being caught mostly from small boats and kayaks, or by wading in the backwaters. The fish, however, are very scattered and holding in 1.5-5 feet of water. Gum trees with vines are best to hold fish. A few anglers are trolling at these depths with success.

Large catches of catfish are being reported using natural baits on trotlines over newly reflooded flats.

In the outlet channel, for crappie, use jigs and/or minnows out of the current, like in Elbow Creek or along the rocks. Fish catfish with natural baits near the bottom. White bass may be found with a jig rig just off the bottom. Largemouth bass are being found in any cover or right on the rocks in the spillway with crankbaits or jig-n-pig.

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

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