PEARL -- Xavier Harrison has had several enjoyable days playing baseball.
New Hope High School finds its baseball season hanging in the balance today at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A state championship series.
The Mississippi State softball team will get another chance this weekend.
Coach Vann Stuedeman has continued the tradition of guiding the program to the postseason. The Bulldogs have made 14 NCAA regional appearances. Of that total, six have come in Stuedeman's seven seasons as coach.
Now, the Bulldogs will try to achieve more.
The forecast calls for afternoon temperatures in the mid-90s this weekend in Tucson, Arizona.
That is enough to make North Dakota State softball coach Darren Mueller smile.
PEARL -- New Hope High School senior catcher Cade Odom had a feeling how his team's baseball game might turn out Wednesday night.
That didn't make the experience any less painful to endure.
South Lamar High School fast-pitch softball coach Matt Newman likes his team's chances this week in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior baseball player Jonathan Evans recently received a lesson in why first impressions matter.
Evans had low expectations when he attended a tryout last week at Holmes Community College.
Turns out, the Bulldogs coaches liked what they saw and offered him an opportunity.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior pitcher Holly Ward never takes a postseason invitation for granted.
Neshoba Central High School fast-pitch softball coach Trae Embry has coached in some of the state's biggest games this decade.
On Friday, Neshoba Central won a sixth-straight Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship with a 6-2 victory against Pearl River Central.
STARKVILLE -- In arguably the biggest moment of Game 3 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A fast-pitch softball state championship on Saturday, Hamilton High School pitcher Anna Claire Stahl knew the importance of her battle with Megan Lowery.
STARKVILLE -- After the Hamilton High School fast-pitch softball team beat Myrtle in Game 1 of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A State championship series, Hamilton coach Bryan Loague felt fortunate.
STARKVILLE -- Hamilton High School sophomore third baseman Faith Fontenot knows which teammates help keep her team loose.
"We have that group that keeps us going," Fontenot said. "Nobody gets tense. We don't allow that around here. When the pressure mounts, we are at our best because of our attitude. We have some players who know how to find fun out of any situation."
The Lady Lions found the fun late Thursday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior Slater Richardson knew this was his final opportunity.
After finishing second in the 1,600 meters at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship track and field meet, Richardson knew he had one final chance to exit the program as a state champion.
Richardson made the most of that shot minutes later when he won the 800 for the school's only state title in the sport this season.
STARKVILLE -- If Aspen Wesley dominated a sport like football or basketball, almost all sports fans would know her name.
Instead, the Neshoba Central High School junior dominates in the rather quiet world of fast-pitch softball.
However, playing for a sixth-straight state championship and pitching for the nation's No. 1 team is a pretty good situation and not one to be taken for granted.
When the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) baseball playoffs shift into the semifinal round tonight, few teams have a more daunting task than Kosciusko.
Things are much easier the second time around for Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones.
A year ago, Jones' first work as the Yellow Jackets' football coach came during three weeks of spring practice sessions.
STARKVILLE -- Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman said her team could replace the offensive production of Caroline Seitz by having each starter drive in five more runs this season.
New Hope High School junior Rye McGlothin is not your everyday No. 7 hitter.
The Heritage Academy baseball team knew its margin for error was virtually gone after it lost its first two district games to rival Starkville Academy.
STARKVILLE -- While the last couple of weeks haven't gone according to plan for the No. 24 Mississippi State softball team, all goals remain within reach as it enters the final weekend of the regular season.
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