Quitman paced by good hitters

By Staff
From staff reports/March 30, 2002
Batting leaders for the now 17-4 Quitman Panthers include shorstop Lamarcus Anderson.
Anderson came into Tuesday's game with Northeast Jones batting .397. He also has a remarkable streak going having stolen 19 out of 19 bases on the season. This includes No. 19 against Northeast Jones.
Dustin Hamrick follows at .352. Hamrick also helped out with the glove making a nice diving grab to rob Northeast's Nathan Jack of a double in the sixth inning. The Panthers went on to win 8-4.
Jonathan Russell is batting .346. That average will go up after a 2-for-3 game against Northeast Jones. Russell had two singles to give him 18 on the season. He also pitched five innings of scoreless relief, striking out six to move to 4-1.
Sophomore Adam Neal will also be moving his .309 average up. He had two hits against Northeast Jones.
Matthew Creighton comes in at .288 while Anthony McKenzie bats .281. Blake Pippen had a good effort in the Northeast Jones with a key squeeze-play hit for a big run in the bottom of the sixth that made it 7-4.
Jeff Byrd
Clarkdale rolls into play
The Clarkdale Lady Bulldogs head into divsion play on a roll after winning their pool at the New Hope Invitational last weekend. The Lady Bulldogs are 16-6-1 on the season.
Pitcher Emily Howard is a big reason behind Clarkdale's success. She is 13-3 with a 1.50 earned run average. She won three games at the New Hope Tournament.
Jeff Byrd
Knights struggle
West Lauderdale is a 10-time state champion and the currenting defending 3A champ, but veteran head coach Jerry Boatner has quite a challenge in front of him this year.
The Knights are struggling with a young line-up. They started three freshmen and a sophomore on the mound who had not pitched at all this season against the Meridian Wildcats.
Meridian took a 5-0 win behind a three-hit shutout from Jason Spinks. The loss drops the Knights to 11-5 on the season.
Offense has been a problem for the Knights. They have not hit well other than for a seven-hit outburst in one inning in a 7-4 division win at Newton County on Thursday night.
Part of the hard-luck for the Knights came last week when they lost starting catcher Miles Joyner to a broken arm. They were already playing without their starting first baseman because of a broken hand.
Jeff Byrd
CHS keyed by Brewer
Justin Brewer is a big reason why Clarkdale is a factor in the Division 5-2A race in baseball.
Brewer struck out 15 and one-hit Kemper County on Tuesday night. The win moves the Bulldogs to 2-1 on the season.
He is also doing it with the bat leading the team with a .421 batting average and 20 RBI.
Jeff Byrd
Fiance sings anthem
The fiance of former Meridian Community College player and current Tampa Bay Devil Ray infielder Jason Smith sang the national anthem for the West Lauderdale-Meridian game last week.
Charlotte Davis, who played softball for Jerry Boatner at West, is hoping to marry Smith sometime this fall. Smith, in the meantime, is trying to earn a major league job with the Devil Rays.
Smith was back in the line-up on Monday and got a base hit.
Jeff Byrd
Spinks, more goose-eggs
Jason Spinks has been Meridian's most consistent pitcher this season. He notched his third shutout of the season with a 5-0 three-hitter on Friday night against West Lauderdale.
Spinks moved to 5-0 on the season. He struck out seven Knights.
He struggled some in the sixth inning with a pair of walks. That brought out Meridian head coach Vince McLemore.
The shutout was Meridian's sixth on the season. The Wildcats are 15-5 and ranked 15th on the season.
Jeff Byrd

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