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PEARL – The Sumrall Bobcats couldn’t find that elusive timely hit in Game 2 of the 4A State Championship series Friday.

PEARL – The Sumrall offense scored seven runs off nine hits Thursday in Game 1 of the 4A State Championship series, but 11 runners left on base came back to haunt the Bobcats.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast it’s all Sumrall baseball, as the Bobcats prepare for the 4A State Championship series this weekend.

SUMRALL – Hunter Barrett found himself at the bottom of a dogpile Tuesday night, and there was no place he’d rather be in that moment.

After resigning as the Southern Miss head softball coach Friday, Wendy Hogue is returning to Petal High School to head the softball program once again. The school board approved the hiring on Tuesday, and she’ll be introduced at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday inside the Petal Football Fieldhouse.

CLEVELAND: Mangum would be a lock to win Ferriss Trophy any other year

By RICK CLEVELAND,

Mississippi State's irrepressible Jake Mangum was hitting for a .401 average coming into this week. He had stolen 20 bases. As a centerfielder, he uses sprinter's speed to catch balls others can't reach. He turns triples into outs. He is the heart and soul of a team that has won 42 games while losing 10.



PETRO: My Sumrall jinx is over... finally

By CAMAL PETRO,

I have no idea what Sumrall playing in a state championship looks like. That sounds pretty crazy considering the Bobcats have played for seven state titles since 2008, winning five of those. But they haven’t played for one since I arrived in Hattiesburg nearly four years ago.


West Lauderdale forces Game 3 with Sumrall in 4A South State

By CAMAL PETRO,

COLLINSVILLE – It’ll all come down to Tuesday night in Sumrall for the chance to play for a state championship.

Trailing the 4A South State series 1-0 to the Bobcats, West Lauderdale forced a decisive Game 3 with a 10-0, six-inning win Monday night at Jerry Boatner Field.




DiFATTA: Help the environment, take out a feral hog

By PHIL DIFATTA,

A year or two ago my ol' buddy Chip Tatum, aka The Chipster, called to tell me he and some friends had killed a feral sow (that's a wild female hog). He asked if I wanted it, saying the hog would make for some fine eating, and offered to bring it to me. I gladly accepted … because I know wild pork is as tasty as a homegrown pig. .




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