Rockets savor first region crown since 1991
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM
The Neshoba Central baseball team captured its first region baseball championship since 1991 last week as they defeated Ridgeland 3-1 in the deciding game.
The Neshoba Central Rockets celebrated their first region championship since 1991 as they defeated Ridgeland 3-1 last week,
The Rockets are the regular season champions of Region 4-5A. They will be off this weekend and will see their first action April 28-29 and May 1.
“It feels really good to win the region championship,” Coach Justin Stovall said. “They may have been co-champions a few times in recent years. But as far as we can tell, this is the first time since 1991 that Neshoba Central has won the region.
“This was our goal at the first of the season. A lot of hard work went into accomplishing that goal. And now we want to go as far as we can in the playoffs.”
Neshoba Central and Ridgeland split the first two meetings. The Rockets entered the week with a 15-5 record. On Saturday, they dropped a 7-5 decision to Northeast Lauderdale.
The Rockets were to close the regular season with a game vs. West Lauderdale on Monday. No games are scheduled for this week.
Rockets 3, Ridgeland 1
A two-run sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Rockets broke a tie game to take the victory.
Zack Smith knocked in a run in the second inning to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead. Ridgeland scored in the top of the sixth to tie the game.
But that lead didn’t last long. In the bottom of the sixth, Colby Ellingburg hit a solo home run to give the Rockets a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Smith knocked in a run with a double to give the Rockets a 3-1 lead.
Kameron Ferguson was the winning pitcher. In seven innings of work, he had four strike outs and allowed four hits.
NE Lauderdale 7
Neshoba Central 5
On Saturday, the Rockets dropped their second loss of the season to Northeast Lauderdale.
Neshoba Central scored three in the second, one in the third and one in the sixth. Northeast Lauderdale scored two in the first, four in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Cody Singleton took the pitching loss. Beck Williams pitched in relief.
Singleton helped his cause with two doubles. Williams, Ellingburg, Alec Thompson, Jake Wilborn and Cole Irvin all hit a double.