Lance Saulsberry has become “Mr. Walkoff” for the Northpoint Christian School Trojans baseball team of late.
Saulsberry provided a winning hit in a game against Evangelical Christian School last week for a 6-5 victory, and Friday, Saulsberry came through again, this time against Memphis Home Education Association, or MHEA, as Saulsberry provided another walk-off hit in the seventh inning for a 7-6 victory.
MHEA scored six times in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6 before the Trojans scored the winning run in the seventh. Blake Berry drove in two runs for Northpoint Christian and Justin Jones struck out five in 5.1 innings pitched.
Among baseball teams from DeSoto County Schools, Center Hill shut out Olive Branch 6-0 in a crosstown contest. The Mustangs scored three times in the fifth inning for the win. Braxton Miller scored twice, while Jackson Pace and Collin Reuter each drove in two runs. Reuter homered for Center Hill and on the mound struck out eight Quistors. The Mustangs’ record is now at 14-10 for the season.
DeSoto Central stopped Hernando 12-1 as the Jaguars broke the game open with seven runs scored in the sixth inning. Blaze Jordan had three hits for DeSoto Central and Shemaar Stapleton had three RBIs with a home run. Pitcher Cade Smith struck out six for the Jaguars, while Ben Brantley fanned five for Hernando.
Southaven defeated Horn Lake 10-4 with seven runs in the third inning. Alan Ramirez had three RBIs for the Chargers and Cole Crockett fanned nine Eagles in six innings pitched for the win.
In softball from Friday night, Olive Branch took a 9-2 lead against Center Hill but had to hold on for a 9-7 victory. The Lady Quistors opened with a six-run first inning, but the Lady Mustangs answered with a four-run fifth inning and one more in the sixth. Lexie James and Anna Marie Sternisha scored twice for Olive Branch, while Laila Armstrong scored twice for Center Hill. James had three hits, including a double and a triple and also drove in two runs. Hanna Kelly and Bailey Lewers also drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Quistors, while Breanna Scruggs had two RBIs for the Lady Mustangs. Katelyn Moss struck out three for Center Hill.
SPORTS ETC.: Rivals on the basketball court, Olive Branch senior DJ Jeffries and Center Hill senior Calvin Temple have banded together to support an effort to create an outdoor neighborhood basketball court in Olive Branch. They have named it The Branch Park and want it to be somewhere kids can go to practice, dads can go for a pick-up game after work, or teenagers can play after school. A GoFundMe page for donations has been started with a goal of $5,000.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.