Wildcats gets jump start on race for playoffs

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

Sometimes a split can make a baseball coach very happy. You can
certainly put Louisville head baseball coach Hayden Cox in that
category after his Wildcats took one of two games against division
foe Houston last week.

“Getting the split with Houston was big,” Cox said. “That sets us up
for the rest of the season. When we get back from spring break we
will be back in division play and we have some big games with
Caledonia and Kosciusko. That was obviously good to get a win against
one of the better teams in our division. It really puts us in good
position to fight for one of the playoff spots.”

The top three teams in each region advances to the MHSAA State
Baseball Playoffs.

The Wildcats used a big five-run inning in the fifth to rally to take
an 8-5 win over Houston last Monday. Ross Barnett picked up the win
on the mound for LHS, going five strong innings and striking out six.

Dalton Hudspeth pitched the last two innings for the save and smacked
a double and two singles in the process. Wyatt Roberts also had a big
two-run triple for the ‘Cats in the crucial fifth inning.

The Wildcats were limited to just three hits in a 5-0 road loss to
Houston on Friday. A.J. Triplett, T.J. Hudson and Roberts each had a
single for LHS.

“We had the bases loaded in the first inning and couldn’t push any
runs across,” Cox said. “That set the tone for the whole game.”

Roberts went the distance on the mound for Louisville, giving up just
two earned runs.
Louisville picked up an 11-0 non-league win over Aberdeen on
Saturday, with Rylee Pearson tossing a one hitter and facing the
minimum number of batters.

“We got out to a big lead early and just started substituting in and
out,” Cox said. “A lot of people got a chance to play.”

The Wildcats were set to play Quitman on Tuesday and Raleigh on
Wednesday in the Rush Tournament in Meridian this week.

LHS hosts Caledonia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 and then visits
the Confederates on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. for a pair of district
contests.

Lady Wildcats
still looking for
consistency

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

When the pitching is solid, the defense tends to crumble and when the
defense begins to play well, the pitching gets a little shaky.

Louisville fast-pitch softball coach Chad Gibson said that’s just a
sign of his team’s youth.

“We are just having trouble getting it together at the same time,”
Gibson said. And even though all three of his team’s losses last week
seemed lopsided, he said his Lady Wildcats were in a couple of those
games for awhile, before breakdowns led to disaster.

The Lady Wildcats lost to Philadelphia 20-5 last Tuesday night and
Gibson said starting pitcher Ayana Taylor had one of her best outings
of the season, but errors opened the door for the Lady Tornadoes to
score runs in bunches.

Offensively, Diamond Wraggs popped a double for LHS, while Aleah
Triplett had two singles.

In LHS’ division opener against Caledonia on Thursday, the Lady
Wildcats trailed just 3-1 in the fourth inning, before falling to 15-1.

“We just had one of those innings where it got away from us,” Gibson
said. “We had a fly ball that could have been caught that fell in for
a hit and then it just snowballed on us.”

The Lady Wildcats ran into a buzz saw on Friday night as Nanih Waiya
rolled to a 25-1 win.

After taking this week off, Louisville is set to resume division play
by visiting Leake Central on Tuesday, March 19 and then hosting
Noxubee County the following Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Wildcats
visit Union in a non-division game the next night at 6:30 before
taking part in a junior varsity only tournament at Neshoba Central on
Saturday, March 23.