STARKVILLE — The Starkville High School baseball team advanced to the second round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs with a 1-0 win over Hernando in nine innings Saturday.
Banks Perry scored the winning run for the Yellow Jackets (16-13) in the ninth. Ethan Pulliam threw 7.1 shutout innings, striking out 13, and Brennon Wright led Starkville with three hits.
The Jackets won their series 2-0 and will play Lewisburg next week in the second round. Game 1 is Thursday in Lewisburg.
Cleveland Central 5, West Point 4, Saturday
WEST POINT — West Point was eliminated from the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs with a 5-4 home loss to Cleveland Central on Saturday.
The Green Wave dropped Game 1 3-2 on Friday in Cleveland.
The Wolves will move on to face Ridgeland in the second round.
Coosa Valley Academy (Ala.) 13, Pickens Academy (Ala.) 8, Thursday
Pickens Academy (Ala.) 7, Heritage Christian Academy (Ala.) 3, Thursday
The Pickens Academy (Alabama) softball team split a pair of games at Thursday’s region tournament.
The Pirates wrapped up the day with a 13-8 loss to Coosa Valley Academy (Alabama). Baylee Jaynes led Pickens with a single, double and triple in a 3-for-4 night. Lily Lowery went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, Lizzie Noland went 2 for 3, and Courtney Dudley had a double.
In a 7-3 win over Heritage Christian Academy (Alabama) earlier Thursday, Kate Wilkins went 4 for 4 with three singles and a double. Noland and Morgan Shires each went 2 for 3.
Pickens is a No. 2 seed going into the AISA Class A tournament Friday at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. The Pirates’ first game will be against Crenshaw Christian Academy at 10 a.m. Friday.