Lewisburg baseball clinched its 12th straight 5A district championship Tuesday in a 9-5 win over Olive Branch, keyed by a five-run third inning. The Patriots also took advantage of six Quistor errors. Gray Bane drove in three runs for Lewisburg and Brayden Sanders struck out eight. The Patriots are now 14-7 overall for the season and are 6-1 inside the district.
DeSoto Central improved to 22-2 for the year with a 3-0 victory at Bartlett, Tenn. The Jaguars scored twice in the fourth inning and once more in the fifth to win. Jaguar pitchers combined to strike out 10 Panthers in the contest and held Bartlett to just three hits. Kamren James struck out seven and Chase Honeycutt fanned three. Blaze Jordan and Connar Gardner each drove in a run.
Pitcher Logan Smith struck out five, but Northpoint Christian lost to Evangelical Christian School 8-2.
Tuesday in high school softball, Lewisburg moved to 19-0 for the season and 4-0 in 5A district action with a 13-0 victory over Center Hill in five innings. The Lady Patriots scored five times each in the fourth and fifth innings. Center Hill was held to two hits in the contest. Anna Gregg doubled and Oakley laughter tripled for Lewisburg and Casey Raggett struck out four. Breanna Scruggs doubled for Center Hill.
Northpoint Christian defeated Evangelical Christian 19-3.
FOUR PATRIOTS INK FOR COLLEGE: Four members of the Lewisburg boys’ soccer team that won the MHSAA 5A state championship earlier this year have inked offers to continue their soccer careers at the next level. Three of the four signed to play for Mississippi community college teams on Wednesday afternoon, with one committing to a four-year college. The group includes Jake Heinze (Northwest), Brendon Galbraith (Northwest), Peyton Coker (Northwest), and David McCutchen (Mississippi University for Women).
INDIANS TO START VOLLEYBALL: Itawamba Community College has announced the addition of women's volleyball to its intercollegiate athletic programs. It becomes the second Mississippi junior college to offer women’s volleyball, with Pearl River being the other one to do so. The program will begin in the fall of 2019 with current plans to begin competition in the fall of the 2020-21 academic year. The school is now actively looking for a coach for the program.
SPORTS ETC.: Lewisburg won a three-team boys’ golf meet with Olive Branch and Center Hill Tuesday at the Olive Branch Country Club. Team scores had Lewisburg at 329, Center Hill 366 and Olive Branch at 427. Meet medalist was Corbin Andrada with an 18-hole score of 79.
Fresh on the heels of winning the DeSoto County championship last Friday, the Lewisburg tennis team Tuesday claimed its 5A district title. The meet helped determined qualifiers for the upcoming regional meet.
Memphis Hustle guard Tarik Phillip has signed a multi-year contract with the Washington Wizards. Phillip becomes the fifth call-up to the NBA in Memphis Hustle franchise history. In 47 games with the Hustle this season, Phillip averaged 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.66 steals in 29.8 minutes per game while shooting 46.7 percent overall, 40.4 percent from three-point range and 78.3 percent from the free throw line.
Olive Branch Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Soccer Registration period is from May 13-June 15. Cost is $60 per child, ages 4-15. Registrations will be accepted in the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation office, 6677 College Street during office hours and on Saturday, June 15 between 8 a.m. and 12 noon. For more information, contact the office at 662-893-5219.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.