Star Tracking …
May 12, 2001
Facing only one more obstacle in their drive for the National Junior College Fast-pitch Championship, the Meridian Community College Lady Eagles traveled to Region 22 champion Central Alabama and swept them for the District 0 Championship in Alexander City, Ala. MCC edged past their hosts 1-0 in the opener and overcame a 4-0 deficit to clinch the title with a 7-5 victory. This marks the second consecutive defeat of Central Alabama and subsequent national tournament berth.
OXFORD Matthew Brinson drove in three runs, including two on a single in the fourth inning as Mississippi State secured a spot in the conference tournament with a 6-3 win Friday over Mississippi. The victory was just Mississippi State's second in its last seven Southeastern Conference games. Ole Miss has dropped five straight in SEC play. Mississippi State rallied for three runs in the fourth after trailing 2-0.
May 12, 1997
Meridian Community College second baseman Lake Thoms hit for the cycle Sunday afternoon as the top-ranked Eagles rode away with the Region 23 baseball tournament with a 15-5 win against the Trojans of Mississippi Delta Community College. It is the Eagles' fifth Region 23 championship in six years. The 50-6 Eagles will advance to the Southeastern Sectional Friday and Saturday in Demopolis, Ala. to face Wallace-Hanceville, the Region 22 winner, in a best-of-three series.
May 12, 1992
The baseball season may not be over for Jay Powell. The former West Lauderdale star took the Southeastern Conference by storm with a Mississippi State record 10 saves as a freshman. But as a sophomore Powell was shelved after 11 appearances with an inflammation of the ulna nerve in his pitching arm. With a 4-3 record and two saves, the rest of 1992 appeared cloudy for Powell. Now it's only partly cloudy. "Jay will throw today, and we'll make a decision (whether to use him) based on how well he throws," MSU coach Ron Polk said Monday, as the Bulldogs prepare for a first-round SEC tournament game with Georgia Wednesday.
Sports Faces …
The pretty voice introducing players at last week's Gulf South Conference Women's Tournament belonged to Meridian's Lacy Smith.
Smith is a sophomore at the University of Alabama where she is majoring in nursing. She is a graduate of Sumter Academy in Livingston, Ala.
Smith has become a fixture at the GSC Tournament.
She said she enjoys seeing the quality of play at the GSC Tournament.