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Berkery adds former MLB pitcher Oswalt to staff at Starkville Academy

Posted 6/19/2018 in High School Sports

Thomas Berkery jumped at the opportunity to work with Roy Oswalt. Berkery had been away from catching for a few years when Oswalt, a longtime pitcher with Major League Baseball's Houston Astros, called him and asked him if he would catch him in his bullpen sessions. Oswalt, who was traded from Houston to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010, was trying to sharpen his skills in an effort to get back into the majors with the Texas Rangers.

Alexander delivers in big situation for Bulldogs

Posted 6/18/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Baseball isn't easy. Luke Alexander made peace with that fact in May when his batting average dropped from .222 to .207.

O'Neal earns first feature victory on Lucas Oil Dirt Series

Posted 6/18/2018 in Local Sports

Hudson O'Neal exhibited the patience and opportunism of a driver more than twice his age Saturday, laying in the weeds before pouncing late to win the Clash at The MAG for his first feature victory on the Lucas Oil Dirt Series.

Golsan gets hit in first professional at-bat

Posted 6/18/2018 in Local Sports

Hitting always has been one of Will Golsan's strengths. Whether it was at New Hope High School in Columbus or at Ole Miss, Golsan displayed a knack for getting a timely hit and reaching base.

 

UNC uses analytics to power defensive shifts

Posted 6/18/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- The North Carolina baseball program is taking on the age of data. The Tar Heels have embraced the analytical age of by shifting its defensive alignments based on the tendencies of hitters. Major League Baseball teams have taken to shifting defenders more than ever thanks in part to analysis of where players hit the ball. North Carolina has followed suit, as evidenced Saturday in its 8-6 victory against Oregon State in Game 1 of the College World Series. The Tar Heels shifted several times against the Beavers.

 

 

North Carolina will go with No. 3 starting pitcher vs. MSU

Posted 6/18/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- The beauty of the day between each game of the double elimination portion of the College World Series is the rest time built in for pitching staffs. North Carolina won't feel that benefit for a while.

 

MSU walks it off against Washington

Posted 6/16/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Luke Alexander is capable of delivering a big hit against an opponent other than Ole Miss. On Saturday, Alexander's double scored second baseman Hunter Stovall from second base in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mississippi State baseball team to a 1-0 victory against Washington in Game 2 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.

Bates, Berry have strong showings at Junior Sunbelt Classic

Posted 6/16/2018 in High School Sports

The names didn't faze Blayze Berry or Beau Bates. Berry and Bates also didn't let the schools their opponents had committed to bother them either because they knew they belonged on the same field with some of the nation's top prospects.

Reed's message hit home in, out of school

Posted 6/16/2018 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- James Reed doesn't mind that he was called "old school." The longtime Caledonia High School teacher/coach also doesn't take offense to being told he is "blunt" in how he talks.

Wilson's way based on team approach

Posted 6/16/2018 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Numbers tell only part of the story about John Wilson. Whether it was in his office at the Caledonia High School baseball field or the facility's indoor complex, numbers defined Wilson's approach to the game.

MSU's 1998 team celebrates anniversary of trip to CWS

Posted 6/16/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Van Johnson knows the feeling of being dead in the water. Johnson also knows the feeling of rising above it, which means he can relate to every step the members of the Mississippi State baseball team have taken this season on the road to the College World Series.

MSU's Henderson earns second coach of year honor

Posted 6/16/2018 in College Sports

OMAHA, Neb. -- Mississippi State interim baseball coach Gary Henderson was named Saturday the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Coach of the Year.

 

Kelly in line to be next football coach at Caledonia High

Posted 6/15/2018 in High School Sports

On this occasion, the timing appears to be right for Michael Kelly. After stints as an assistant coach or coordinator at four schools, Kelly is in line to be the next head football coach at Caledonia High School.

 

Capitalizing at The Clash: Bronson looks for victory

Posted 6/15/2018 in Local Sports

A 100-lap Super Late Model race is an apt metaphor for Kyle Bronson's rookie season on the Lucas Oil Dirt Series. It requires a balance of aggression and patience to save tires, to maintain or improve track position, and to navigate a surface that might change several times throughout the feature.

Gordon credits teammates for success in recent outings

Posted 6/15/2018 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cole Gordon has had plenty of frustrating moments. The junior pitcher from Tampa could have fallen into an extended rut after his earned run average climbed above 6.00 following an outing in which he surrendered five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in a 10-1 loss to Vanderbilt on March 17.

Noxubee County's Pruitt verbally commits to MSU

Posted 6/13/2018 in High School Sports

The coming out party for Noxubee County football player Kyziah Pruitt was slightly delayed.

Neff finds calling out of bullpen for Bulldogs

Posted 6/13/2018 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There is no reason to sugarcoat things now, so Zach Neff won't: his numbers at Austin Peay were not good.

Henderson not expecting West Coast trends to play out in Omaha

Posted 6/12/2018 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Gary Henderson doesn't project any regional bias to play out in the College World Series.

Wilder trainer: Joshua agrees to heavyweight title unification bout

Posted 6/12/2018 in Local Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Unbeaten heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua appear poised for a title unification bout in the division's most anticipated matchup.

Certified with a smile: Sanders set to embark on pro career

Posted 6/12/2018 in Local Sports

If you have watched any college softball or baseball in the last month, it's likely you have seen someone from the Golden Triangle playing a key role for their team.

 

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