Rockets baseball team to face defending state champions
The Neshoba Central baseball team has advanced to the Class 5A North State baseball series as they swept New Hope over the weekend.
Neshoba Central, now 28-4, defeated New Hope 3-1 in game one and 5-3 in game two.
They will face defending Class 5A state champion Saltillo in the North State championship series.
“They are the defending state champions. They have almost everybody back and they are going to be tough to beat,” said Rockets Coach Jonathan Jones.
Jones was proud of his team in their playoff sweep of New Hope.
“We had good pitching in both games,” Jones said. “They had some good arms. They kept us off balanced but we got some clutch hits. This time of the year, everybody can pitch so you have to take the hits when you can get them.”
New Hope 1
The Rockets took advantage of their opportunities in the first game against New Hope.
Both teams had three hits.
Grayson Fulton scored from first in the first inning when a pickoff attempt got away from the first baseman and the Rockets led 1-0.
R.B. Hardin doubled in a run in the third inning and scored on a solo home run in the fifth. New Hope’s run came in the fourth inning.
Jesse Hancock was the winning pitcher while Sanders Griffis and Reid Hall pitched in relief.
New Hope 3
Rhett Stovall was the winning pitcher in relief as the Rockets took game two and the series on Saturday.
Both teams scored two runs in the first. New Hope scored a run in the third to go up 2-1. But Neshoba Central rallied to score two in the fourth and one in the fifth and took the win.
Will Garner started the game.
The Rockets outhit the Trojans 8-5. Fulton had a hit, scored a run and knocked in another. Jordan Davis had a hit and knocked in a run. Reid Hall had a double and a single while scoring a run. Demarkez West had a hit and scored a run. Brayden Reynolds and Will Williams each had a hit.
Game one will be played Friday at Neshoba Central while game two will be played at Saltillo. A third game, if necessary, will be played Monday at Neshoba Central. All games are slated to start at 7 p.m.. Saltillo stands at 27-6 according to Max Preps. They beat Ridgeland 4-2, 4-2, to advance to the North State playoffs.