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Joe Gray’s dream of becoming a professional baseball player has come true. The former Hattiesburg star and two-time PineBeltSPORTS Player of the Year flew to Milwaukee Thursday and signed his pro deal with the Brewers on Friday.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Lumberton head coach Zach Jones joins the show to talk everything Lumberton. He touches on how summer is going, last year’s disappointing finish and the popular misconception of Lumberton schools shutting its doors for good.

Entering his fourth season as the head coach of his hometown team, Lumberton’s Zach Jones has never had a problem finding a running back to tote the ball.

This part of the country is known as an untapped well for the recruitment of high school boy’s soccer players. There are just not many opportunities to go around.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, sports editor Camal Petro kicks off the summer high school football coverage with Oak Grove and a conversation with Mississippi State commit and Warriors’ defensive end, Jack Harris.

JCJC wins playoff opener

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – The fourth-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats began postseason play in fine fashion here Friday night at Community Bank Park/Gwen Magee Field.


Sandlin blanks ODU

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

NORFOLK, Va. – Nick Sandlin tossed a three-hit shutout to lead No. 15 Southern Miss to a 2-0 Conference USA series-opening victory over Old Dominion Friday night at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.



Tolefree signs with Arkansas

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – It all worked out in the end for Jones County Junior College’s Alexis Tolefree, a native of Conway, Arkansas.

The two-time NJCAA All-American signed a scholarship with the University of Arkansas Thursday afternoon in the McClellan Hall Media Room.




Sacred Heart continues playoffs with Stringer

By CAMAL PETRO,

There’s no other way around it, the Sacred Heart Crusaders were clutch in the first round against French Camp. Not only did they pull off the walk-off in Game 2 Saturday, but the Crusaders scored three runs in the top of the seventh in Game 1 to tie the game at 4.


No easy guess who’ll win Ferriss Trophy

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Most any other spring, Southern Miss ace pitcher Nick Sandlin would be a shoe-in to win the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, which goes to the most outstanding college baseball player in Mississippi.


USM baseball takes down USA

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

HATTIESBURG – No. 15 Southern Miss manufactured all of its runs Tuesday night en route to defeating South Alabama 5-3. USM (29-11) won its sixth consecutive game as it also defeated USA at home for the fourth-straight time and split the season series with the Jaguars (24-15).


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