Hattiesburg High scored 11 runs in the bottom of the third inning to romp past Provine 14-1 Friday at Pete Taylor Park in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
The win gave Hattiesburg (18-9) a sweep of the best-of-three game series and set up a clash of local rivals in the second round between the Tigers and Oak Grove, which had a bye through the first round.
“Our guys are approaching the playoffs right; they’re acting like young men,” said Hattiesburg coach Joe Hartfield, whose team has won eight straight games.
“We’re hitting the ball well right now. Our pitching has been solid all year and it looks like our hitting is catching up.”
The Tigers rapped out 13 hits against the Rams, including home runs by C.J. Anderson and Joronnie Hinton, both of whom drove in three runs. Hinton also had a triple for Hattiesburg.
Joseph Gray (4-4) got the win for the Tigers.
“Due to the number of make-up games we’ve had to play here lately, we haven’t had a chance to look at anybody except the teams we have to play,” said Hartfield.
“In baseball, you don’t really play an opponent, you just want to play the game as well as you can, and that’s what we’ll focus on.
Petal 10, D’Iberville 1
BILOXI – Bryce Fagan drove in five runs, and two Panther pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts as Petal swept the Warriors in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Petal (19-8) advanced to face Harrison Central in the second round, beginning Tuesday at Lyman.
Fagan had a double and single for the Panthers. Tanner Estill had a double and two singles in Petal’s 14-hit attack.
Starter Tristan Labove (5-1) spotted D’Iberville (10-14) a run in the first inning, then shut out the Warriors through the next three innings. He allowed four hits and struck out eight.
Demarcus Evans came on to pitch the last three innings, did not allow a hit and fanned seven.
Columbia 12, Florence 2
FLORENCE – The Wildcats completed a dominant sweep with their second straight 10-run win in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Columbia (17-7) will face the winner of the Vancleave-Newton County series beginning on Tuesday.
Parker Dungan drove in five runs on a pair of singles and Bryson Medious drove in three runs on two singles. Scooter Ginn had a triple and a double for Columbia.
Medious (2-3) also picked up the win, going all five innings, allowing just three hits.
Purvis 6, Richland 3
PURVIS – The Tornadoes stayed alive in their Class 4A first round series, getting a complete-game performance from Blake Young to force a deciding third game.
Purvis (14-8) will travel to Richland (11-10) at 3 p.m. today to decide which team advances to face St. Stanislaus in the second round.
Will Curtis had a double and two singles to lead Purvis at the plate. Young (3-2) allowed just four hits for the victory.
West Lowndes 6, Sacred Heart 5
COLUMBUS – The Crusaders will face a decisive third game after the Panthers took the second game of the Class 1A first round series.
Sacred Heart (16-9) will host West Lowndes (9-7) at 3 p.m. today at Pete Taylor Park on the Southern Miss campus. The series winner takes on French Camp in the second round.