By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
Picayune clinched a postseason spot in the upcoming Class 5A South State prep basball playoffs with a big 5-3 win over homestanding West Harrison in nine innings Tuesday night.
Jacob Taylor picked up the win in relief of Peyton Lee. Taylor also drove in a key run in the top of the ninth to seal the win.
Lee and Nick Marble had three hits apiece to pace Picayune at the plate, while Mark Wood added two hits to the winning effort. Devin Hedgepeth had a hit in the top of the seventh to fuel a rally that helped the Maroon Tide tie the game up at 2-2 and send it into extra innings.
The win assures head coach Cayne Stockstill's crew of at least second place in Division 8-5A. Picayune is 7-5 in league play, two games behind league leading Pearl River Central.
The Blue Devils dropped to 9-3 in district play after getting no-hit by Long Beach sophomore Bruce Mathes in a 1-0 decision Tuesday night. Chance Putnam went the distance and took the tough luck loss for PRC, strking out 11 and allowing just three hits. The Bearcats scored a run in the top of the first and thanks to the dominat pitching of Mathes made that lone run stand up the rest of the way.
Mathes had twirled a three hitter in a win over Picayune last week. PRC hosts Picayune Friday night.
John Campbell's RBI single scored Richie Clark with the game-winner in the first inning for the Bearcats, who can clinch a playoff berth as well with a win over West Harrison either Friday or Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Poplarville lost its fifth straight game falling 4-3 to homestanding St. Stanislaus in eight innings.
Ashton Miley took the loss in relief of Zac Houston. Drake Hodges had two hits including a home run to pace Poplarville, while both Justin Oliver and Blake Ladner each had a double in the losing effort.
The same two teams met in Poplarville Friday night. The Hornets currently stand in a tie for third place for the final playoff spot in Region 8-4A.
Bryant Johnston tossed a complete game three-hitter as Harrison Central defeated Hancock 4-0 Tuesday, clinching the Division 8-6A baseball title.