McAdams baseball still waiting to play season opener

The McAdams baseball team still has not played a game. The first three games on the schedule, Leake County, Velma Jackson and J.Z. George, were rained out. Games scheduled for this week with Amanda Elzy and the make up date for Velma Jackson, and for next week with Nanih Waiya and Ethel are victims of the suspension.

As it stands now, the Bulldogs’ season will begin play Mar. 30 with a Region 5-1A game at Noxapater.

“We have had great practices, but it hurts when you are not able to get out there,” said coach Michael Huffman. “The weather really hurt us.”

Teams are not allowed to practice during the suspension, but Huffman has told his players to do some conditioning on their own. “But the main thing is to be safe.”

— Laurence Hilliard

OLE MISS DUO TOPS IN SEC

Tyler Keenan and Hayden Dunhurst each added Southeastern Conference honors, making it a perfect 5-for-5 for No. 5 Ole Miss baseball through five weeks of the 2020 season.

Keenan was unstoppable at the plate in two games on the road at ULM to earn his second consecutive SEC Player of the Week honor. The junior out of Clayton, North Carolina, was 5-for-7 (.714/.778/2.143) with five runs scored, a double, three home runs and nine RBI.

Keenan homered in his first at-bat against ULM at Warhawk field, a three-run bomb that sparked the Rebels' 6-3 Tuesday win.

The Preseason All-American third baseman followed that up with a 4-for-5 performance on Wednesday, highlighted by two home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored. Keenan's second career two-homer day gave him seven on the season, good for first on the team, second in the SEC and seventh in the country. His 9 RBIs over two days moved him to 33 on the season, the most in the SEC and the second-most in the nation.

Dunhurst got a well-deserved night off on Tuesday after starting the previous 11 straight games behind the plate. The freshman out of Carriere, more than made up for lost time, going 4-for-5 (.800) on Wednesday with his first career multi-homer game.

The Buster Posey Award watch lister added a double, drove in three runs, scored four more and led the team in OBP (.800) and slugging (2.200) over two games at ULM. Dunhurst moved into a tie for second on the team with five homers on the year.

— School Reports

ALL-STAR HOOPS POSTPONED

The Mississippi Sports Medicine All-Star North/South Girls and Boys Basketball Games which were scheduled to be played Saturday at the A. E. Wood Coliseum, Mike Jones Court, on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton, have been postponed to a date to be determined. The postponement is a result of the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information, contact the MAC at (601) 924-3020 or www.mscoaches.com.

— Glenn Waddell

NJCAA, MACJC END SEASONS

Both the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges made the decision Monday to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately, after the recent release of recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"In light of the progressive evolvement of the COVID-19 situation, the NJCAA has decided to end all competition for the remainder of the academic year," stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President & CEO. "As an association, the NJCAA exhausted all possible avenues to potentially postpone competition for both upcoming basketball championships and spring sport competition. We believe following the recommendations of the CDC is in the best interest of our member colleges and our student-athletes."

Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason and national championship play.

Regarding eligibility for spring sports, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation.

Along with the cancellation of competition, all on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until Apr. 15 with further evaluation to be assessed at that point in time.

— Special Reports

MCBRIDE’S EAGLES PLAYING WELL

For a team that won nine games all of last year, Eupora High School, led by Kosciusko High School graduate Cole McBride, has started 6-5 going into Class 2A, Region 2 play and has been far more competitive this season. They are frustrated that they will have at least a week off from competition, but McBride is also concerned that they might not finish this year out, which seems to be the case for sports around the country in college and professional ranks.

He will continue to coach them how he can until he is told otherwise.

“It’s rough. I’m not going to lie,” McBride said of the suspension of sports. “I know the sacrifices they’ve made and the work they’ve put in. I understand  it’s all for the greater good, but from a coaching standpoint, to see how much work they’ve put in, it’s rough. I refuse to believe that this is it. Until someone comes up and says it’s done, it’s just a week or two weeks long in my mind.”

— Robbie Faulk

MSU’S PRICE HONORED

After grabbing a pair of saves to help the Mississippi State baseball program to a sweep of a two-game series against No. 2 Texas Tech, graduate Spencer Price was tabbed as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

In two appearances last week, Price did not allow a base runner and threw just 23 pitches in nailing down a pair of saves over consensus top-five opponent Texas Tech in a pair of neutral site midweek victories. In the first game, Price entered and bookended a pair of strikeouts with a fly out to earn his first save since April 20, 2017.

He followed that up by moving into a tie for No. 7 on the career saves chart with a 10-pitch save. Price got a fly out, strikeout and lineout to preserve the one-run lead. His second save in as many days moved his career total to 16. His career saves total equals that of Bryan Hardwich (16; 1979-80, 82) and former teammate Cole Gordon (16; 2016-19) on State's all-time list.

— School Reports

CHARGERS SPLIT TWO GAMES

The Choctaw County baseball team did play two games during Spring Break, an 11-2 victory over Morton and a 6-1 loss to Kosciusko. There were four games scheduled this week and next -- Region 4-3A contests with Aberdeen and Noxubee County and non-region games with Neshoba Central and Philadelphia.

Coach Andy Young hopes to reschedule the region games, but the non-region games might not be played. The next scheduled game is April 2 at New Hope.

— Laurence Hilliard

HOLMES SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER

The Holmes Community College Bulldogs took two games today from Crowley's Ridge JV, 21-3 and 14-7, in Goodman last Monday. With the wins, the Bulldogs improve to 9-5 overall.

In game one, Dalton Massingill picked up the win. He went five innings and gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Cole Drake and Jonathan Evans had three hits each with each having a double. Austin Telano and Peyton Rehm each had two hits with each having a double. Tommy Easley had a three-run homerun in the second inning. Jaylen Armstrong, Kenneth Moore, Bailey Rademacher and Garin Ward each added a double.

In game two, Chris Guthrie got the start. Alex Frillman relieved him in the first and went 4 2/3 innings and gave up one run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and five walks. Cade Johnson went 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit with one strikeout and one walk. Landon Herbert went one inning and had three strikeouts to end the game.

Drake, Telano, Dalton Luke, Ward and Easley each had two hits. Drake had a three-run homerun while Ward added a triple and Kenneth Moore and Telano each added a double.

— Steve Diffey