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Area teams get early wins as district play looms

March 15, 2011

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The season is still early for the three area baseball teams. West Point, Oak Hill and Hebron Christian will all be participating in Spring Break baseball later this week, hoping to get better prepared for the road ahead.
That road is going to be paved with a lot of crucial district games for all three teams, but the three clubs have shown early on that they are ready to make a playoff run.

West Point beats Hamilton 6-4

March 14, 2011

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Already with a win on Friday night, against Columbus, the West Point Diamond Wave baseball team (4-1) returned to the field on Saturday afternoon for a match with Hamilton. The Green Wave won for the second time in as many days in a 6-4 comeback victory.
Following their 6-2 Friday night win, the Green Wave sent Leroy Calvert to the hill on Saturday. Calvert pitched a complete game, throwing seven innings, walking none. He struck out six batters, and only three of the four runs he allowed were earned.

Rip Squad Knocks Out Back-To-Back Tournaments

March 14, 2011

Kicking off their spring season, the Rip Squad 10u baseball team won back to back tournaments. They won the Hansberger Spring Fling in Pontotoc and then the 82 Challenge Spring Fling held in Philadelphia. Pictured from left are Jon Austin Roberts, Payton Springfield, Bo Spencer, Nate Lamkin, Brandon Gilliland, Beau Bates, Deveun Nance, Tres Gammill and Blayze Berry. Not pictured is Chance Goley. Congratulations Rip Squad on a great start to your season!

Green Wave to keep busy over Spring Break

March 10, 2011

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
For many people, Spring Break means a much-needed rest from work or even athletics. For the West Point Diamond Wave team, the week-long holiday will include some much-needed games.
Thanks to a series of rain storms, West Point’s baseball games have been rained out over the last week. The team is hoping to make up ground over Spring Break in order to be prepared for their first district game on March 22 against Saltillo.
“We need to play in a bad way,” said head coach Buddy Wyers on Wednesday.

Oak Hill’s youth a solid foundation

March 9, 2011

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Oak Hill Academy head baseball coach Marion Bratton knows that he has a good group of kids on his roster. He also knows that the 2011 team is very young still.
Armed with one senior and one junior, the Raiders are in the middle of a common cycle in high school sports. This year’s group is the foundation, and a solid one at that, for what Bratton believes are great things to come in the next couple of years.

West Point girls survive Noxapater

March 8, 2011

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The West Point High School fast-pitch softball team survived some early mistakes on Monday night against Noxapater’s softball girls. The game turned into a slugfest after the fourth inning, but it was the Lady Wave who came out on top 15-13 in the win.
“We had a lot of adversity early,” said head coach Brian Sellars. “We fought through the adversity well. We kept our heads up and stayed positive.”
Abby Turner got the start for West Point, and she struck out 10 batters in seven innings, including three in the first.

Diamond Wave welcome Starkville

March 7, 2011

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The West Point Green Wave baseball team is ready to hit the field.
Unfortunately for the Diamond Wave, a line of storms swept through the state on Friday, keeping the team from playing the three games they were slated to play in the Hatley Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Today, the team gets a chance to hit the home field, taking on the Yellowjackets of Starkville High School. It will be a non-district game.
“They are always competitive,” said West Point head coach Buddy Wyers of Starkville. “They always have had good teams down through the years.”

Oak Hill pounds Central for 20 runs in win

March 4, 2011

On Monday night, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-3) could not buy a hit in a 14-0 loss to Starkville Academy. Thursday night was a different story, however.
The Diamond Raiders were back at home for a contest against Macon Central, and though the Vikings roughed up Oak Hill starter Chance Livingston early, it was the Oak Hill offense that battled back for a 20-9 victory after six innings.
Livingston gave up two quick runs in the top of the first inning. A two-run double followed a single and a walk, but the young hurler got out of the jam with no further damage.

Oak Hill falls to Lamar

February 28, 2011

With a week under their belt, the Oak Hill Diamond Raiders are starting to come around offensively. The team put up 13 runs against Hebron on Thursday night, and the lost by just one against Lamar on
Saturday.
In Thursday's game, Oak Hill jumped all over a young Eagles team for 10 early runs.
Tres Turner had two hits, along with a pair from Conner Baird.
Clay Henley got three hits, and Kody Riley had three hits, including two doubles.
Cole Fowler, Chance Livingston and Riley Pierce jumped all over three pitches for a double each. Jeb Stevens also had two hits in the game.

Barclay impressive in early-going

February 28, 2011

The West Point Green Wave baseball team is still quite young. Despite most of the guys on the team having played a good bit over the last couple of years, the Green Wave are still trying to find the right spots for some of their players.
There is one spot that head coach Buddy Wyers thinks might be sown up for quite a few years to come.
Freshman Bruce Barclay has impressed his coaches over the course of the last couple of weeks, and he might have won himself the catcher's job.

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