Last May, Joe Hartfield was on top of the world. The Hattiesburg Tigers had just clinched the school’s first state baseball championship since 2006, and it was the first title of Hartfield’s head-coaching career. Some know the pain he has dealt with during the last couple of years, but most don’t know the whole truth.
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On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS, Camal and Andrew discuss the Fayetteville Regional and they give their picks for Omaha. Also, Camal breaks down how off the Regional projections were compared to the committee’s selection.
Good players make plays when a situation presents itself, but great players have an extra gear. That’s the best way to explain the PineBeltSPORTS Players of the Year, Hattiesburg seniors Joe Gray and Dexter Jordan.
The Buffalo Bills did something no other NFL franchise has ever done by advancing to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s. However, they failed to win the big game all four times, and while Hattiesburg coach Joe Hartfield didn’t make consecutive trips to the State Championship, he was 0-for-3 in his career.
Sophomore Caleb Tart is following in some impressive footsteps. Just like Hattiesburg seniors Joe Gray and Dexter Jordan, Tart is in line to be a four-year starter for the Hattiesburg Tigers after beginning his varsity career as a freshman shortstop in 2017.
As one of the more underrated players on the 2018 Hattiesburg Tigers team, senior Jay Reedy was the one who got the 5A State Championship started on a good note. Facing Bryce Brock, Lewisburg’s Mississippi State signee, he worked a full-count walk to start the game.
PEARL – The monkey is finally off Joe Hartfield’s back, and an awful nickname won’t stick with him either.
The Hattiesburg Tigers dominated Game 2 of the 5A State Championship against the Lewisburg Patriots en route to an 11-1, five-inning win to give the Tigers their first state title since 2006.
It doesn’t matter who’s on the mound; there aren’t too many pitchers who intimidate the Hattiesburg hitters. When Lewisburg’s Bryce Brock, a Mississippi State signee, took the mound, he was 11-0 with a 0.79 earned run average.
On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS, Camal and Andrew recap Hattiesburg’s Game 1 win over Lewisburg Tuesday and preview Game 2 Thursday. Camal pulls back the curtain of some details that weren’t talked about from Game 1, too.