Daily Journal reports
Hamilton’s record doesn’t have to impress you. The Lions are moving on in the Class 1A playoffs.
The three-seed won 8-4 on Monday at Pine Grove behind three hits each from Alan Baty and Wesley Fikes.
Hamilton is now 7-11 on the season and next faces St. Joe.
“Our record is 2-1 now. I told them at the end of the season to go home and take their schedule off the refrigerator and burn it,” Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest said. “I told them that season is finished. We’re starting over.”
His team wasn’t finished after a 6-1 loss in Game 1. It trailed 6-2 in Game 2 before rallying to win 10-6, then jumped on Pine Grove early in Game 3. Hamilton starter Wesley Simmons fanned eight and had a no-hitter through 51⁄3 innings.
Kosciusko 3, Pontotoc 2: In a third-straight one-run game, the Warriors’ season ended in the Class 4A playoffs.
Mississippi State signee Delvin Zinn stole second with two outs in the seventh inning, but was stranded.
Myrtle 10, Shaw 4: The Hawks sweep the series after scoring six runs in the seventh inning to break open a 4-4 game. Myrtle (20-5) will face Smithville in the next round.
Ingomar 3, TCPS 1: Logan Nobles homered for Ingomar (20-5), which took the first game of the 1A series.
Saltillo 9, Pearl 2: Harley Mullins fired a two-hitter to lead Saltillo (13-6) in Game 1 of a best-of-three Class 4A state fastpitch softball series.
Kossuth 11, Winona 1: Kossuth (15-3-2), behind a four-hitter from Carleigh Mills, won Game 1 of its Class 3A series.
Mooreville 19-8, Independence 0-0: Hallie Donald and Summer Cryder threw back-to-back shoutouts in the Troopers’ Class 3A series sweep.
South Pontotoc 17, O’Bannon 0: Cailey Crawford pitched a no-hitter for the Lady Cougars (18-7)in their 3A series opener.
Biggersville 5, Myrtle 4: Ali Settlemires was the winning pitcher and helped her cause with a double to lead the Lady Lions in their 1A Game 1 win.
Pontotoc 11-9, New Albany 0-3: Alex Brown had four base hits, including a double, to lead Pontotoc in its 3A sweep.
New Site 8, Riverside 2: Cori Childs surrendered five hits in the opening victory for the 2A Lady Royals (12-5).