Above, Union’s Paul White is caught in a run-down between Choctaw Central catcher Hunter Jones and third baseman Trey Lilly during Saturday’s game. The Warriors won the game, 11-10.
Above, Union’s Paul White is caught in a run-down between Choctaw Central catcher Hunter Jones and third baseman Trey Lilly during Saturday’s game. The Warriors won the game, 11-10.
This is spring break week and the five high school baseball teams in The Neshoba Democrat area are getting some extra playing time in with tournament games.

Philadelphia, Neshoba Central, Choctaw Central and Union are all competing in the Rush tournament which is being held at Q.V. Sykes Field in Meridian. Leake Academy was to play in the Manchester Academy tournament on Monday and Tuesday. The Rebels were slated to play a pair of games at Winona Academy on Thursday.

There were several highlights during the week, headed by Neshoba Central's 11-1 win at Madison Central on Saturday Austin Harrison was the winning pitcher with seven strike outs.

Other notables included:

- Choctaw Central's Dalen Wheeler had 16 strikes out against Newton.

- Union pitchers Zack Mowdy and Dustin Bates recorded 13 and 12 strike outs, respectively, in Yellowjacket victories over Scott Central.

Local records

Neshoba Central 4-1

Union 2-2

Choctaw Central 2-3

Philadelphia 3-5

Leake Academy 4-6

This week's schedule

Tuesday

Philadelphia vs. Newton County; Neshoba Central vs. Enterprise and Southeast Lauderdale; Choctaw Central vs. Sebastopol; Union vs. Northeast Lauderdale in the Rush Hospital tournament at Q.V. Sykes Field in Meridian

Leake Academy in the Manchester tournament

Wednesday

Philadelphia vs. Enterprise; Neshoba Central vs. Quitman; Union vs. St. Aloysius in the Rush Hospital tournament at Q.V. Sykes Field in Meridian

Thursday

Leake Academy vs. Central Holmes and Humphries Academy at Winona Academy

Saturday

Union at Morton

Choctaw Central

The Choctaw Central Warriors got on the winning track last week as they went 2-1 over the week.

Choctaw Central opened the week with two region games. They took a 5-1 win over Newton High School and then dropped a 13-1 loss to Forest. On Saturday, the Warriors held on to claim an 11-10 win over Union.

Dalen Wheeler recorded 16 strike outs in the Warriors' win over Newton. Choctaw Central scored three in the first, one in the third and one in the fourth. Newton's run came in the sixth inning.

Demarcus Wilson led the Warriors with a double and a single while Devin Charlie added a double.

Forest took advantage of six errors and outhit Choctaw Central 11-3 for the win. Brandon Kenney took the loss. Wilson, Kennedy and Brian Farmer all had one hit.

The Warriors bounced back to take the win over Union. Choctaw Central scored four in the first, three in the third and four in the fourth. The Yellowjackets answered with three in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Kennedy was the winning pitcher in relief of Wheeler. Charlie led with a double and two singles while Trey Lilly and Farmer both hit two singles. Wilson connected on a double.

Choctaw Central was to play two games in the Rush tournament in Meridian.



Leake Academy

It was a long week for the Leake Academy Rebels as they dropped four games.

The Rebels opened the week with a 7-1 loss to Winona Academy. Oak Hill swept a pair of district games with the Rebels winning 9-5 and 4-0. The Rebels also dropped a 10-0 loss to Simpson Academy.

"We need to play and work out some of our mistakes," coach Josh Ray said. "We have several games during spring break week and I think we are going to get some things turned around."

The Rebels were to play two days in the Manchester tournament, weather permitting. Then on Thursday, they were to play two games at Winona Academy.

Drew McMillian led the Rebels with two hits in an RBI against Winona.

In the first Oak Hill game, Reed Mayfield and Alex Shepard both connected on a pair of hits. Will Myers recorded eight strike outs in Leake Academy's second game with Oak Hill.



Neshoba Central

The Neshoba Central Rockets only played one game last week and it turned out to be a big win as they defeated Madison Central 11-1.

Neshoba Central scored two in the third, two in the fourth, five in the fifth and two in the seven. Madison's only run was scored in the fourth inning.

Austin Harrison was the winning pitcher. He struck out seven and allowed seven hits.

Caleb Crenshaw led the Rockets with a double and a single, while Joseph Willis, Drew Coates and K.J. Moore all added two singles.

"This was a big win for our program," coach Justin Stovall said. "Now we need to build on it."

The Rockets play three games this week in the Rush tournament in Meridian.



Philadelphia

The Tornadoes lost a pair of games last week.

Philadelphia dropped a 5-4 decision to Hamilton, and then lost a 10-0 game to Southeast Lauderdale.

Against Hamilton, the Tornadoes jumped out to a 3-0 lead but the Lions came back to tie the game. Both teams added a run. Then Hamilton scored in the seventh to take the win.

The Tornadoes are slated to play three games in the Rush tournament in Meridian.



Union

The Yellowjackets picked up a pair of Region 5-2A victories last week with a sweep of Scott Central.

Union defeated the Rebels 9-1 in game on and 6-0 in game two. Union then dropped an 11-10 decision to Choctaw Central on Saturday.

"I thought we played well against Scott Central," coach Dustin Hamrick said.

"We didn't play good defense on Saturday and it cost us. We have to work on our consistency."

Zack Mowdy recorded 13 strike outs in the first Scott Central game as he improved his record to 3-0.

Union scored one in the second, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh. Scott Central scored one in the third inning.

Jake Rawson, Paul White, Adam Richardson and Austin Hood all had two hits to lead the Union batters.

Grant Gibbs, William Kennedy and Mowdy all added one hit.

Dustin Bates came up with 12 strikeouts in the second Scott Central game. Union scored two in the fourth and four in the fifth inning.

Dustin Bates led with a double and a single while Kennedy and Mowdy added two hits.

Choctaw Central held off a seventh inning rally to defeat the Yellowjackets by one.

Choctaw Central scored four in the first, three in the third and four in the fourth.

Union came back with three in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Rawson and Kennedy both hit a double and a single. Mowdy and Bates both connected on a double while White and Tre Bogan each hit a single.

Union was to play three games this week in the Rush Tournament in Meridian.