Regular seasons are near an end for high school baseball and softball teams with next weekend the start of playoff action in Mississippi.
In Wednesday night regular season baseball play, DeSoto Central put together a 12-run third inning as part of a 17-0 6A district victory over Horn Lake in a game that ended after five innings. Blaze Jordan hit two home runs, including a grand slam and a three-run homer. Jordan finished with eight runs-batted-in. Colby Crocker struck out three.
In 5A district play Wednesday, Lewisburg defeated Lake Cormorant 15-3 in five innings, as Landon Rogers had three hits for Lewisburg, Gray Bane, Brandt Shaw and Cooper Smith each had two runs-batted-in. Dane Darby struck out five in 3.1 innings pitched for the Patriots. Elsewhere, Northpoint Christian edged Evangelical Christian 6-5, with Lance Saulsberry driving in the winning run in the seventh inning for the victory. Northpoint Christian is now 5-1 in conference play.
On Tuesday night, Lake Cormorant lost to Center Hill 12-7, as the Mustangs broke open the contest with four runs in the sixth inning. Christian Dunn scored three times and Christo Peeks drove in three runs for Center Hill. Collin Reuter, Dunn and Peeks all doubled. Pitcher Jackson Pace struck out five Gators in the game.
In softball from Wednesday, Lewisburg edged Olive Branch 2-1 and shut out Southaven 14-0 in five innings. In the Olive Branch win, the Lady Patriots scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win, while Trinity Johns scored the Lady Quistors’ lone run. Madeline Savage and Natalie Gilmore scored for Lewisburg. Ellie Jones had three hits for the Lady Patriots, including a double and a triple, while Clara Johnston hit safely twice for Olive Branch. Jones also drove in two runs. Lewisburg pitcher Gabby Dickerson struck out seven Olive Branch batters.
Against Southaven, the Lady Patriots plated nine runs in the first inning. Maddie Brower scored three times on three hits, including a double and a triple. Reagan Tweety doubled and drove in three runs in the contest. Pitcher Casey Raggett struck out five.
Elsewhere, DeSoto Central blanked Hernando 5-0 as the Lady Jags scored the bulk of their runs in the fourth and fifth innings, with two in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Hernando pitcher Madison Burrus struck out two in the game.
Lake Cormorant scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to beat Center Hill 6-5 after the Lady Mustangs had tied the game with four runs in the top of the inning. Jada Jones had three hits for Lake Cormorant, while Grace Smith and Hannah Connell each drove in a pair of runs. Winning pitcher Brianna Raines fanned four Center Hill batters.
Thursday night, Lewisburg handled Lake Cormorant 11-1 in six innings to go 22-0 for the season and finish 6-0 in 5A district play. The Lady Patriots scored eight times in the sixth inning. Anna Kate Gregg drove in three runs for Lewisburg.
Another softball contest from Thursday saw DeSoto Central defeat Horn Lake 18-3.
SPORTS ETC.: Center Hill girls’ soccer coach David Burgess announced on the team’s Twitter account that he would be stepping down from that role for next year. Burgess has coached soccer at Center Hill the past 11 seasons.
The DeSoto Central boys’ golf team defeated Grenada, Starkville, and Hernando in a meet on Thursday. Zach Riley was the meet medalist at 80 for 18 holes.
An Olive Branch Ducks Unlimited chapter has been recognized as among the top chapters in the nation. The year’s President’s Roll of Honor chapter for Mississippi is the Olive Branch DU chapter for its fundraising efforts for the Ducks Unlimited conservation cause.
The 37th annual Memphis in May Triathlon and Sports Expo will be May 17-19 at Edmund Orgill Park in Millington, Tennessee. Triathlon events will commence from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, May 18 with the Olympic Triathlon starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. For more information, contact Pam Routh at 901-550-2114.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.