Loyd Star, Bogue Chitto to begin 2A 2nd round baseball playoffs Thursday
Lincoln County has two of the final 16 MHSAA 2A baseball teams alive in the state playoffs as both Loyd Star and Bogue Chitto have second round series this week.
Loyd Star (16-7) won its first round series in blowout fashion with 17-3 and 14-0 wins over Philadelphia.
Coach Jared Britt and his Hornets next face Enterprise-Clarke (19-11) in a three-game series that begins Thursday.
LS hosts game one Thursday at 6 p.m. Game two will be played at Enterprise and starts Friday at 7 p.m. If game three is needed it will be played Saturday at Loyd Star at 6 p.m.
Sophomore Casen DeHart leads the Hornet offense at the plate this season with a .485 batting average as he’s also driven in a team-high 27 runs.
Senior Harrison Hux trails closely in the RBI category though as he’s driven in 26 runs this season for Loyd Star. Junior Dawson Hester and senior Wyatt Hodges also have 24 RBIs apiece.
Hester, Hodges and junior Riley Easterling make up the top of the Loyd Star pitching staff.
Britt will need to count on quality starts from his best arms as Enterprise is a team that can also manufacture runs. They beat East Marion 9-0 and 11-5 in their opening round series.
Enterprise-Clarke was the only team to beat Taylorsville in Region 5-2A play this season as they finished behind the Tartars in the standings.
“They’re going to have a real scrappy bunch that will put the ball in play and pressure your defense,” said Britt. “Their pitchers are going to throw strikes and the whole team will play fundamental baseball. They aren’t going to beat themselves.”
Loyd Star swept Enterprise-Clarke in a 2019 second round playoff series when the two teams last met.
Finishing behind Enterprise-Clarke in the Region 5 standings were the Puckett Wolves.
Puckett (16-8-1) will be the next opponent for Bogue Chitto (14-16) when their second round series begins Thursday.
Game one is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in Puckett. Game two will be played Friday at 7 p.m. back at Bogue Chitto. If game three is needed it will be played Saturday at Puckett.
BC is in the second round after winning a three-game series over Union in thrilling fashion. They won the series opener 13-10 on the road before Union came back to tie things up with a 13-3 win at Bogue Chitto.
In the rubber match Friday, you might have counted Bogue Chitto out once they trailed 6-2 heading into their final at-bat.
No one told coach Gareth Sartin’s Bobcats they were done though, as BC roared back to score six in the top of the seventh and hold Union to a single run in the bottom of the frame — securing an 8-7 victory
Sartin’s son, freshman Easton, scored the winning run on a wild pitch.
Senior Tristan Buffington pitched the win for BC as he gave up just four hits and three earned runs while striking out five in six innings. Colten Bales and Colton Frith combined to pitch the final inning for the Bobcats.
Bogue Chitto took advantage of 10 walks issued by Union as the Bobcats committed three errors and were outhit 4-2 in the game.
Frith, Buffington, Felder Sartin, Reid Smith and Eli Cupit had an RBI apiece for the Bobcats in the game three win.
Puckett beat Perry Central 8-2 and 11-0 in their first-round matchup.
Fellow Region 7-2A members Enterprise and Wesson saw their seasons ended in the first round. EAC lost 4-3 and 8-2 to Scott Central while Lake beat Wesson 10-0 and 14-9.