PEARL – Tupelo pitcher Charlie Greer was solid in the postseason. It’s too bad the senior right-hander’s final high school pitching effort Thursday ended in defeat.
“Charlie threw great and kept us in it,” Golden Wave coach Justin Reed said of Greer, who pitched a complete game in the Golden Wave’s 4-3 nine-inning loss to Gulfport in Game 2. “He really threw just like he’s been throwing all year. I’m proud for him.”
Greer finished the season with a 6-4 record and entered Game 2 with a 1.04 ERA.
“We had chances to win and just didn’t get it done. I think we’ll be ready to play come Saturday,” said Greer, who will start at first base in Saturday’s Game 3.
Tupelo’s pitching options for Game 3 include Reed Mikels, South Sanders and Josh Smith.
“He’s mad because we’re playing at 1 o’clock Saturday. I don’t have time for that stuff. I don’t know what he’s worried about.” – Corinth coach Rob Scarbrough on what upset West Lauderdale coach Jerry Boatner during a heated postgame meeting with Scarbrough and MHSAA official Rickey Neaves.
Three Tupelo players were named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches of all-state first team: pitcher Jackson Bridges, outfielder Josh Smith and catcher Ray Sandroni. Outfielder LaBryant Siddell was named to the second team.
Today’s Game 2s
Oxford (31-6) vs. Pearl River Central (27-11), 1 p.m. (PRC leads series 1-0)
THE BUZZ: PRC’s bats busted loose in the seventh inning in the Devils’ 8-4 Game 1 win against the defending state champions. Oxford’s Parker Stinnett, 6-0, 1.14 ERA and PRC’s Rigell Robinson, 7-3, 2.40 ERA, are the likely starters.
Smithville (25-5-1) vs. Nanih Waiya (27-2), 4 p.m. (Nanih Waiya leads series 1-0)
THE BUZZ: Are the Seminoles still reeling for Tuesday’s 14-2 loss in Game 1? Smithville coach Jamie Russell needs more production from his bats to remain alive. Smithville’s Blayde Scott, 5-1, 1.30 ERA, and Nanih Waiya’s Ben Cumberland, 5-0, 1.63 ERA, are the likely starters.
East Union (24-8) vs. Loyd Star (36-2), 7 p.m. (Loyd Star leads series 1-0)
THE BUZZ: East Union was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position in its 4-0 Game 1 loss. The defending state champs will face Loyd Star’s ace today, Parker Flowers, who is 8-1 with a 2.60 ERA. East Union will likely start sophomore Cade Bell, who is 8-0 with a 1.84 ERA.