Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Jackson Preparatory School baseball (35-4) won its third straight MAIS AAA state championship with a 6-3 win in a decisive game three over Madison Ridgeland Academy.
University of Southern Mississippi pitcher James McMahon won the C-Spire Ferris Trophy, which the state's top college baseball player receives. McMahon is 11-1 with a 1.72 ERA this season. He's the second player from USM (the first was Tyler Koelling) to win the award.
No. 1 ranked Hinds Community College baseball's sterling season came to an end in the NCJAA Region 23 Tournament. The Eagles finished 43-7. Millsaps College baseball was eliminated from the NCAA Division III West Regional tournament and finished the season 29-14.
Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl) will host the high-school baseball state championships May 19-23. The Mississippi Braves return to Pearl on May 27 when they go up against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Southern Miss will host the Conference USA (C-USA) baseball tournament May 20-24 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.
Columbus High School has hired former Provine High School and Alcorn State University basketball coach Luther Riley. Riley won four state titles at Provine before going 38-91 in four seasons at Alcorn.
Jon Wiener is the host and producer of "Home Cookin'" on ESPN 105.9 FM The Zone. Follow him at @ESPNHomeCookin.
Sports Follows of the Week
by Jon Wiener
@NBAonTNT (1.02M+): The best show in the NBA Playoffs is always off the court. Catch EJ, Kenny, Chuckster and Shaq on "Inside the NBA."
@booweekley (53.8K+): The South's favorite golfer, Boo Weekley, should be in fine social-media form this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitation, the sight of his last PGA Tour win in 2013.
@kendallrogersD1 (36.9K+): For Ole Miss and University of Southern Mississippi baseball fans who wonder where or whether your team will land in the NCAA Tournament, Kendall Rogers is your guy.
@amer_pharoah (1.8K+): Go see the upstart Twitter account of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah. He's so good that he can type, too.
Sports Fact of the Week
by Amber Helsel
It takes 3,000 cows to supply enough leather for a year's worth of footballs in the NFL.
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