Cumby, MG clinch baseball playoff berths

From Staff Reports

April 24, 2007 - The North Hopkins Lady Panthers finished the district season undefeated in softball, while in baseball the Miller Grove Hornets picked up a big win over the Martins Mill Mustangs.

The Lady Panthers went 13-2 on the season and 10-0 in District 19-A with the win and received a first-round bye in the playoffs.

In baseball, the Hornets defeated Martins Mill 7-3 to clinch a playoff spot in District 19-A after losing to Union Hill 13-0 on Friday night.

The North Hopkins boys defeated Roxton 7-6 in the top of the seventh inning Monday to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs. Meanwhile, on Friday, Cumby grabbed another playoff spot in District 17-A with a big win over Roxton as well.


Miller Grove 7, Martins Mill 3

After falling behind 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning, the Hornets scored six unanswered in the third and fourth to take the win.

Yan Heijligers walked and then back-to-back singles by Reece Evans and Brady Harmon scored two runs to tie the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the fourth with two outs and nobody on, Dakota Hrabal singles, Heijligers walks to put runners on first and third and then Evans doubles to scored Hrabal for a 3-2 lead. Harmon then clears the bases with a triple and scores on an errant throw to third for a 6-2 lead.

In the sixth, Evans led off the inning with a double and scores on a sacrifice bunt by Seth Roberts. On the play, Evans scored on a head first slide from second base for the 7-3 lead.

"Our defense played well with good defensive plays from Evans at shortstop, Steven Mayfield in center and Chance Lee at first," said MGHS coach Sam Panter.

North Hopkins 7, Roxton 6

ROXTON - North Hopkins scored the game winning run in the top of the seventh inning as Joe Smiddy plated Jeremy Dixon as the Panthers improved to 15-10 overall and 9-1 in District 17-A, wrapping up the district championship.

Lorenzo Rivera went 2-for-4 with a triple, Jeremy Dixon went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Bradley Ball went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Smiddy went 1-for-4 with an RBI, Steven Crocker went 1-for-2 and Juan Ruiz had an sacrifice bunt for an RBI.

Smiddy started the game and gave up three runs on three hits in two innings of work. Dixon and Ball combined for the win in relief as Ball picked up the win with nine strikeouts, three hits and two walks.

Cumby 16, Roxton 1

ROXTON - The Cumby Trojans closed out their District 17-A season with a playoff-clinching victory over the Roxton Lions.

The Trojans pounded out 15 hits, including three-hit games from Kris Stanford and Brixx Hawthorne, and two hits each from Tanner Gomez and Tim Cook. 

Stanford (5-2, 4-0) picked up his fourth district win. He was followed on the mound by Hawthorne, Gomez and Jeffery Smith, who struck out the side in the fourth to close the game.

Cumby (14-9, 7-3), which finished third in district, will begin its playoff run on Friday, May 4, in Mount Pleasant with a doubleheader against District 18-A runner-up Maud Cardinals. The doubleheader will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the third game scheduled for noon, Saturday, May 5, if needed.


North Hopkins 16, Sulphur Bluff 0

BIRTHRIGHT - North Hopkins pitchers KayLee Cotten, Chasten Smiddy and Jessica Harry combined for a perfect game against Sulphur Bluff with seven strikeouts in their season finale.

Cotten and Cayla Newkirk each went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Holli Argenbright, Courtney Loper and Tequina Hood each went 2-for-3 in the game. Argenbright and Loper scored two runs each while Hood scored one run.

NH will play Harmony in a warm-up game tonight and then will play at Collinsville at 6 p.m. Friday.

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