DeSoto Central’s baseball team swept its 6A district two-game series against Southaven Friday night, but had to come from behind to do it with the Jaguars’ 7-3 victory at DeSoto Central. The Jaguars then shut out St. Benedict at Auburndale 5-0 on Saturday to complete a weekend sweep.
In Friday’s win against Southaven, DeSoto Central clinched its third straight district championship. Cade Smith struck out 13 Chargers in five innings pitched, while Terris Meeks and Kyle Booker each had two hits for the Jaguars. DeSoto Central trailed 3-1 after three innings before scoring three times in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth.
DeSoto Central shut out Southaven 9-0 on Tuesday night.
The Jaguars are the top-ranked baseball team in Mississippi and in 6A, according to MaxPreps, the national high school sports service.
Hernando shut out Horn Lake 6-0 in another 6A district contest Friday night, as Kylan Stepter drove in two runs for Hernando. Ben Brantley struck out six and Dalton Kendrick struck out five for the Tigers. Horn Lake pitcher Sam Fountain also fanned five in the contest.
Class 5A district rivals Lewisburg and Center Hill combined to play two intense contests between each other last week, both of which went extra innings on Tuesday and again on Friday. The Patriots took advantage of a passed ball and when the Mustangs loaded the bases to set up a force out situation, Landon Rogers drove in the winning run for Lewisburg in the bottom of the eighth with a bases-loaded base hit and a 2-1 victory. Weston Fuller had two hits to help trigger the offense for the Patriots, while on the mound, Collin Reuter for Center Hill and Cooper Smith for Lewisburg each struck out two.
Lewisburg needed nine innings to edge the Mustangs 3-2 on Tuesday at Center Hill.
Olive Branch improved its 5A district record to 4-2 with a six-inning, 11-1 victory against Lake Cormorant on Friday. Johnny Setchfield and Jordan Smith each drove in three runs, while pitcher AJ Kaelin struck out seven Gators for Olive Branch.
Mac Sims scored twice and Terris Meeks drove in a pair of runs for DeSoto Central in Saturday’s 5-0 win over St. Benedict at Auburndale. Sims and Wesley Sides both doubled. Gabe Moore struck out nine in 5.1 innings pitched for DeSoto Central.
White Station (Memphis) handled Horn Lake 11-1 in five innings on Saturday, as the Spartans clinched the win with five runs in the fifth inning.
Hernando took a pair of wins on Saturday, needing just three innings to dispose of Whitehaven (Memphis) 19-0, then followed that with an 11-1 victory over Lake Cormorant in five innings. Ben Brantley had the big bat out for the Tigers with a home run in each game. Brantley drove in three runs against Whitehaven and five more against Lake Cormorant. Brantley also tripled against Lake Cormorant. Kylan Septer and Hunter Ray also earned three RBIs against Whitehaven.
Lewisburg scored four times in the sixth inning to defeat East Union 9-6 as Brayden Sanders drove in three runs for the Patriots. Jake Savage struck out three in three innings pitched.
Cleveland Central scored four times in the second inning and three more in the sixth of a 10-3 win over Olive Branch.
Center Hill rebounded from Friday’s loss to Lewisburg with a 3-2 victory over Southaven and a 5-3 victory over East Union.
The Mustangs scored twice in the fifth inning to defeat Southaven as Preston Newsom had two hits for the Mustangs, while Jake Rodgers struck out six on the mound.
East Union couldn’t recover from a three-run second inning by Center Hill.
PERFECT LADY PATRIOTS: Lewisburg remained unbeaten for the season in softball with a pair of Friday wins over Philadelphia and Kosciusko. Both games were part of a doubleheader played at Kosciusko.
The Lady Patriots shut out the host Lady Whippets 3-0 in a game involving two of the top-ten teams in Mississippi, according to MaxPreps. Lewisburg, ranked third overall in the state and second in MHSAA 5A, scored twice in the sixth inning of the victory. Riley Baddley and Anna Gregg both had two hits and each scored twice for the Lady Patriots. Maddie Brower also had two hits in the game, with Baddley and Brower both hitting doubles. Pitcher Gabby Dickerson struck out three.
Kosciusko is ranked sixth overall in the state, according to MaxPreps and is second in Class 4A.
Against Philadelphia, which is ranked sixth in Class 3A, Lewisburg again scored two in the sixth inning to win 3-1.. Jalynn Taylor and Natalie Gilmore each had two hits and Anna Gregg doubled. Pitcher Casey Raggett fanned three.
Lewisburg is now 18-0 for the season after Friday’s twin wins.
MORRIS HUNTER INVITATIONAL: The Greenbrook softball complex was the site of the annual Morris Hunter Invitational tournament, which was played this weekend in four pools and a junior varsity pool.
DeSoto Central and Olive Branch were county teams that won their respective pools during the weekend tournament. DeSoto Central claimed the Pool A title with victories over Collierville, Tenn. (5-0), Magnolia Heights (8-1), Greenwood, Ark. (6-4), and Briarcrest Christian, Tenn. (20-0).
Olive Branch took the Pool D championship with wins over White Station (Memphis) 5-1, Strayhorn (8-0), Horn Lake (11-2) and Mantachie (3-1).
Covington, Tenn. won Pool B and the Pool C winner was Arlington, Tenn.
Hernando, Lake Cormorant, and Center Hill from DeSoto County also competed in two-day tournament, which attracted teams from the three-state area.
LEWISBURG WINS COUNTY TENNIS: Lewisburg took home the team championship of the DeSoto County tennis tournament held Friday on the Southaven Tennis Complex courts at Snowden Grove. The Patriots won the title over second-place Hernando by one point, 16-15. Center Hill took home third place with 12 points in the meet.
Individual winners had Michael Floyd of Center Hill as the boys’ singles champion and Mikaila Coleman of Center Hill took the girls’ singles title.
Hernando’s Kris Sides and Joe Cox were the boys’ doubles titlists and Allie Johnson and Lexi Graves of Hernando combined for the girls’ doubles championship.
Lewisburg’s Reagan Salter and Isaiah Sheffield were the mixed doubles winners.
Photos with the winners will be part of Thursday’s DeSoto Times-Tribune.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.