The 2016-17 high school sports season came to a close in Pearl over the weekend with the playing of the baseball state championships. Northeast Mississippi sent six teams to Trustmark Park – one in each of the six MHSAA classifications – and two brought home the hardware.
On this episode, Brad and Gene look back at the wins by Tupelo (6A) and Mooreville (3A). The Golden Wave won their first title since 1993 in a tight series with Gulfport (1:51), with Josh Smith’s stellar pitching effort helping clinch it. The series was emblematic of this team, which under second-year coach Justin Reed used strong pitching and timely offense all season long.
The Troopers won title No. 9 but their first since 2005 (9:35), when the legendary Rex Berryman was still coach. Current coach Derek Thompson’s crew had a lot of heroes in the two-game sweep of Seminary, which ended with an extra-innings win.
The guys also take a quick look at the other four championship series (13:49).
And now that the spring sports are done, Gene will turn his attention toward assembling the Daily Journal’s All-Area baseball and softball teams, of which he gives an early preview (15:41). Also, for the last time ’til August, we have an Athlete of the Week (20:40).