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Hornets 2-0 in Division 8-4A play; Smith ends his career at Samford

Poplarville is off to a perfect 2-0 start in Division 8-4A baseball action, after beating Pass Christian 4-2 on Friday night.

The Hornets are 4-1 overall, and swept both league games from the Pirates last week.RVILLE —

Tyler Childs picked up the pitching win for Poplarville, pitching into the sixth and allowing just one hit. Brock Matthews came on to earn the save and allowed no hits.

Ashley Graeter recorded a triple for the Hornets while Jonathann Anderson had a double as well, as the Hornets scored four runs on just four hits.

Poplarville faced Oak Grove on Saturday in the Northeast Jones Tournament and plays Laurel on Monday in the same event.

PRC bounces back

BAY ST. LOUIS — Defending Division 8-4A champion Pearl River Central bounced back from a suprising loss to Bay High earlier in the week to beat the Tigers 10-0 on the road Friday night.

Paul Dillard moved to 4-0 on the mound with the win, and he also had a pair of hits and drove in a run.

Mike Lehmann weilded the big stick for the Blue Devils, as he hammered a three run home run in the first inning and later drove in another run as well. Josh Lee had two hits as well, as did Jordy Meadows who drove in a run.

PRC is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in league play and resumes division action Tuesday on the road at St. Stanislaus.

Picayune falls

Picayune dropped its sixth straight game and fell to 0-2 in Division 8-4A play with a 9-5 loss at home to Long Beach Friday.

Maroon Tide starter Bryce Landner gave five runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth, before Andrew Lohnes relieved him and kept the Bearcats in check the rest of the way.

Picayune got a double from Jacob Gandy that broke up Long Beach starter Blake Dartez’s no hitter in the fourth, and Gandy later added an RBI-single.

The big blow for Picayune was a grand slam by Jake Martinez in the sixth.

Picayune is 1-6 overall, and met Pascagoula in a doublheader on Saturday. The Tide hosts Stone High Tuesday.

Smith ends career

Picayune’s Jerry Smith ended a very successful collegiate basketball career at Samford University on Friday night as the Bulldogs fell to Austin Peay 65-55 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals at the Gaylord Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Smith, the Bulldogs’ career assist leader, finished his last game with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals against the top-seeded Governors.

With his three assists in the game, Smith increased his season total to a career-high 121 and improved the all-time Samford record to 433. He is also the only Bulldog in school history to tally 900 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.

In Tuesday’s semifinal 70-60 road win over Murray State, Smith had a game high 20 points including a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line.

Samford finished the season at 16-16. Smith’s play allowed the Bulldogs to advance to the OVC semifinals for two straight seasons, the only two times in school history the team made it that far.