The Union Yellowjackets split their first four games but did take a pair of meaningful wins.

In their first game, the Yellowjackets defeated the Quitman Panthers 9-0 on the field where first year coach Dustin Hamrick played his prep baseball career. Hamrick's family along with Union principal Brett Rigby were very instrumental in building that facility and Quitman alumnus admitted it was a special win.

"It was great going back and seeing a lot of people I know," Hamrick said.

Quitman came back to take a 4-1 win over Union in the nightcap of a double-header. The Yellowjackets then lost a 12-0 decision to Nanih Waiya, but came back to top Newton County 3-1.

In the first Quitman game, Union scored two in the first, one in the third, three in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Zack Mowdy was the winning pitcher. He allowed one hit and had eight strikeouts. Will Kennedy hit a double and a single; Mowdy helped his own cause with a double; Grant Gibbs hit a single and brought in three runs; and, Paul White hit a single and brought in two runs.

Union could only score one run in the fourth in game two. Taylor Coker was the losing pitcher. Kennedy hit a single.

Nanih Waiya dominated in its win over Union. Gibbs hit a single for Union's only hit.

Union outhit Newton County 6-3 in its win over the Cougars. Union scored two in the first and one in the sixth. Newton County's only run came in the fourth inning. Jake Rawson was the winning pitcher.

Mowdy hit a double and a single and brought in a run. Rawson, Dustin Bates, White and Austin Hood all hit singles.

The Yellowjackets will play in the Meridian Spring Tournament at Q.V. Sykes field next week. They play Southeast Lauderdale on Monday; Northeast Lauderdale on Tuesday; and, St. Aloysius on Wednesday.

Local records

Neshoba Central 3-1

Leake Academy 2-1

Union 2-2

Philadelphia 2-4

Choctaw Central 0-2

This week's schedule

Tuesday

Choctaw Central at Newton High

Leake Academy at Oak Hill

Philadelphia at Southeast Lauderdale

Friday

Scott Central at Union

Choctaw Central at Forest

Saturday

Neshoba Central at Madison Central

Union at Choctaw Central

Choctaw Central

The Warriors dropped their first two games of the season to Raleigh 14-3 and Lake 4-1.

Jason McMillan and Dylan Wheeler both had two hits in the Warriors' loss to Raleigh. Wheeler was the losing pitcher.

Lake scored three in the fourth to break open a tie game and defeat the Warriors. McMillan had two hits while Demarcus Wilson and Brandon Kennedy both had one. Kennedy had six strike outs in the losing cause.

After this week's games, the Warriors will play Monday and Tuesday in the Meridian Spring Baseball tournament at Q.V. Sykes Field.

Leake Academy

The Rebels got its season under way last week with a win over Newton County Academy and a split with East Rankin.

The Rebels bested Newton Academy 13-3. Leake Academy scored four in the second, four in the third, one in the fifth and four in the sixth. The Generals answered with three in the third.

Hunter Brown was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts. Alex Shepard had two hits and five RBIs; Thomas Nazary had three hits and one RBI; Will Myers had a hit; Drew McMillian had a double and a single and three RBIs.

East Rankin Academy took a 12-2 win over Leake Academy in the first game. Myers hit a double while Taylor Nazary, Shepard, Thomas Nazary and Reed Mayfield all hit singles.

The Rebels bounced back to win the second game 4-3. Leake Academy scored one in the first, one in the third and two in the seventh. The Patriots scored three in the sixth.

Joshua Jones was the winning pitcher in relief. Thomas Nazary had two hits and three RBIs while Mayfield added two hits.

Neshoba Central

After a disappointing start, the Neshoba Central Rockets bounced back for three victories last week.

The Rockets dropped a 3-2 decision to West Jones in a tournament game at Northeast Lauderdale. They came back to defeat Quitman 5-4 in another tournament game. Then on Saturday, in a pair of games played in Louisville, the Rockets defeated Philadelphia 17-6 and Louisville 6-0.

West Jones scored a run in the seventh inning to slip past the Rockets. Zach Whittle took the loss in relief. John Carr Bates, Austin Harrison, Drew Coates and Peyton Clark all had one hit.

The Rockets scored four in the third and one in the sixth to slip past Quitman. Whittle was the winning pitcher. Chase McNair hit a pair of singles and Clark added a single.

The Rockets outhit Philadelphia 12-1. Neshoba Central scored one in the first, two in the second, three in the third, five in the fourth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh. Philadelphia scored two in the first and two in the third.

Clark and Bates both connected on a double and a single. K.J. Moore had two singles while McNair added a double. Caleb Crenshaw, Austin Harrison, Joseph Willis, Coats and Brady Stephenson all hit a single.

The Rockets then took a 6-0 win over Louisville. Neshoba Central scored two in the third, two in the fifth and two in the sixth. Coats was the winning pitcher with nine strike outs.

The Rockets had a 10-3 hitting advantage. Harrison and Moore both hit a double and two singles; Peyton Clark had two singles; Brandon Clark added a double; and, Bates and Willis both hit a single.

The Rockets are off until Saturday when they travel to play Madison Central. The Rockets will be in the Meridian Spring Baseball tournament next week at Q.V. Sykes Field. They play Clarkdale on Monday; Southeast Lauderdale and Enterprise on Tuesday; and, Quitman on Wednesday.



Philadelphia

The Tornadoes went 1-2 last week as they took a 10-6 win over Northeast Lauderdale, and then lost two games Saturday 17-6 to Neshoba Central and 22-3 to Louisville.

Johntrell Pickens was the winning pitcher against Northeast Lauderdale. He connected on a two-run homer.