April 17, 2001
MEADVILLE Speed kills, and in the end, that's exactly how the Clarkdale Lady Bulldogs killed Franklin County's bid to advance in the Class 1A/2A/3A Playoffs. That, and perhaps a lack of quality depth on the mound for FCHS led to Clarkdale throttling its hosts, 19-4 and 12-4 in the First Round best-of-three series.
The Meridian Wildcats closed out the regular season on a winning note by taking a 6-5 victory over the Clinton Arrows. Meridian also won the junior varsity game 14-4. The Wildcats improved to 21-11, while the Arrows dropped to 13-14. Tyler Maxwell came on in relief of John Hays Compton in the third inning and with the bases loaded, gave a gutsy performance striking out the last two batters to get out of the jam, Maxwell is now 5-2. Tim O'Hara suffered the loss. The Wildcats now begin playoff action Thursday at John Moss Field against Long Beach.
April 17, 1997
SELMA, Ala. Sophomore left-hander Todd Burkes fired a two-hit complete game shutout as the visiting Eagles of Meridian Community College rolled past Wallace-Selma (Ala.) 12-0. The Eagles, who are now 37-5, are still ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The next four games will be a big test for MCC. Three of MCC's five losses have come to the teams they will be playing over the next four days.
West Alabama scored 18 runs an pounded out 20 hits for an 18-7 win over Belhaven College Tuesday night in Livingston. West Alabama improved to 26-18 overall while Belhaven fell to 17-25. The two teams combined for 30 hits and 11 errors in the game. West Alabama travels to play a Gulf South Conference series against Valdosta State this weekend.
April 17, 1992
TUPELO Ole Miss's Van Chancellor and Mississippi Valley State's Lafayette Stribling are the Mississippi Sports Writers Association selections a state collegiate basketball Coaches of the Year for 1991-92. Under Chancellor, a native of Louisville, the Lady Rebels won their first Southeastern Conference regular season championship after being selected to finish seventh in the 12-team conference's preseason poll. Ole Miss, which lost in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, ended its season with a 29-3 record and a No. 5 ranking in the Associated Press' final top 25 poll.
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Josh Snider is getting good at coming through with clutch, game-winning hits. On Monday night, Snider belted a two-out, one-run single to lift the East Mississippi CC Lions to a 4-3 win over East Central at Gerald Poole Field.
The win gave the Lions the annual Judges Cup.
Yeah, it's great to finally win a close game. We've lost a lot of close games this season," said Snider who helped West Lauderdale High School when back-to-back State 3A Baseball championships.
Snider has proven his versatility this season and it will make a key cog in the Lions' resurgent efforts.