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Area Roundup: Knights advance to Class 3A regional finals

By By Robby Atkinson / staff writer
April 25, 2004
The West Lauderdale Knights advanced to the championship game of the Class 3A regional tournament at Greene County with a 13-9 win over the host Wildcats Saturday afternoon. Tyler Vick led the Knights at the plate with a two-run home run and three RBIs.
Parker Temple added three hits, including a double, while Jay Warren added a pair of singles and three RBIs. Paxton Pace record the win for West Lauderdale throwing 6.2 innings and collecting nine strikeouts.
The Knights will play in the regional championship game Monday against Greene County at 4 p.m. The Wildcats defeated Newton County 9-1 to reach the championship game. Newton County defeated Columbia in an elimination game by a final of 4-3 earlier in the afternoon.
Clarkdale's baseball game against Seminary, Quitman's baseball game against East Central and Newton's baseball game against Philadelphia were not reported to The Meridian Star's sports department by press time on Saturday night.
Game information can be reported to The Meridian Star by calling the sports department at 1-800-232-2525 at ext. 3235 or 601-693-1551, ext. 3235. Game information can also be faxed to the sports department at 601-485-1275 or e-mailed at sports@themeridianstar.com.
SOFTBALL
Lamar 20
Heritage Academy 5
The Lady Raiders finished play in the Heritage Tournament with a 15-run win over Heritage Academy on Friday. Jasmine Harris led Lamar at the plate with four hits. and Baleigh Barham went 3-for-4 in the win.
Cheryl Luquire had two hits, including a triple, and Lizzie Williams added two singles. Harris was the winning pitcher going four innings, allowing four hits.
Kemper Academy 8
Lamar 7
The only loss of the Heritage Tournament for the Lady Raiders was a one-run decison to the Lady Rams on Friday.
Cheryl Luquire led the way with a pair of hits, including a triple. Lizzie Williams and Baleigh Barham each went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Jasmine Harris took the loss on the mound for Lamar allowing 13 hits and walking two.
Lamar 10
Central Academy 3
The Lady Raiders recorded a seven-run win over the Lady Vikings to give Lamar a 2-1 record in the Heritage Tournament.
Celia Covington led the Lady Raiders with two hits, including a double. S.M. Mitchell added a double in the win for Lamar. Jasmine Harris was the winning pitcher, going seven innings and recording two strikeouts.
PREP TRACK
The Northeast Lauderdale girls track team advanced to the State Championship with a fourth place finish in the Class 4A South State meet. The Lady Trojans tallied a team score of 59 at the South State meet last week.
Brandon took home first place in the tournament with a team score of 104, followed by West Jones and McComb.
Whitney Ford won first place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 14:25, and Yolanda Truman advanced in the 100-meter run with a time of 11.50. The Lady Trojans 1,600-meter relay team took first place in the race with a time of 4:13.39.
The Northeast boys squad finished in 10th place at the meet. McComb took home first place honors in the boys' bracket.
Owen Lide had the best finish of the day for the Trojans with a time of 11:45 in the 3,200-meter run. Courtney Scott finished in fourth place with a time of 53.14 in the 400-meter run, and Antonio Certain got a fourth place finish in the 800-meter run for the Trojans. The Class 4A State Championship meet is scheduled to be held in Biloxi on April 30-May 2.
JUCO BASEBALL
Holmes 12-4
EMCC 3-3
The East Mississippi Community College Lions concluded the 2004 regular season by dropping a pair of games at home Saturday to Holmes Community College. The Lions ended the regular season with a 15-27 overall record and a 7-9 MACJC Central Division record.
In game one, EMCC managed only five hits and committed five errors to drop the nine-run loss. David Nanney led the Lions at the plate with two hits, including a triple, while Chirs Stamps added two singles. Blake Pippin had one single and two RBIs.
In game two, the Lions were led at the plate by Trey Barney with three hits, and Tyler Maxwell added an RBI single.
JUCO SOFTBALL
MCC 3-6
ECCC 4-0
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles split a doubleheader on the road against East Central Community College on Saturday afternoon to remain in first place in the MACJC Central Division.
In game one, East Central took a one-run win with Marley Smith recording the win on the mound for the Lady Warriors.
Jessica Lawrence led the way at the plate for the Lady Eagles with three hits, including a triple. Nikki McClaskey added a home run in the game one loss.
In game two, MCC recorded a shutout thanks to a great pitching performance from Kirby Shelby.
McClaskey led the way with a 3-for-4 performance, and Raleigh Odom added a pair of hits, including a double. MCC returns to action at 2 p.m. Wednesday at home against Holmes in a doubleheader.
JUCO TENNIS
The Meridian Community College men's tennis team is in the lead heading into the final day of the Region XXIII/MACJC State Tournament at Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Eagles lead the tournament with a team score of 24 points, and Itawamba is in second place with 23 points.
Mylan Anderson, Tyler Marroy and Daniel Rigdon advanced to the finals of the singles portion of the bracket to be held at 8 a.m. today. All doubles action is set to begin at 10:30 a.m.

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