Area teams advance in playoffs

The Bulldogs fought from behind to take the first round series against Pontotoc on Friday.
    After defeating the Warriors, 7-3, on Thursday, New Albany found itself down the entire game after a solo home run by Trey Henry in the second inning gave Pontotoc the 1-0 lead.
In the seventh, Grant Hogue and Jimmy Baldon reached base on singles, and with two outs, Jonah Zahller drove in the two runs to take the lead, 2-1. Ben Foster pitched the complete game for the Bulldogs and shut down the Warriors in the bottom of the seventh to earn the sweep.
In Thursday’s game at home, the Warriors took the early 1-0 lead in the third on a Bulldog error, but Foster tied the game with an RBI double. The Bulldogs took the lead in the fourth inning, loading the bases and scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs added five runs off one hit and four Pontotoc errors to lead 7-1 and held the Warriors to only two hits in the top of the seventh to take the 1-0 series lead.
Next for the Bulldogs is a second round match up with Kosciusko. That series will take place May 2-4.
Hawks sweep Wheeler
Myrtle advanced out of its play-in round series, sweeping Wheeler last weekend.
On Friday, the Hawks took a 2-0 lead before Wheeler tied the game in the bottom of the third. Myrtle responded with four runs in the fourth to go out in front once more, finishing with 15 hits in the game.
Anthony Lipsey and Brandon Jordan each had three hits to lead the hawks, while Zack Perkins, Ben Ausburn and Dillon Kennon each had two hits. Neal Scott had the win on the mound.
On Saturday, Myrtle took an early 5-0 lead but held on to win by only two runs, 15-13.
Leading 5-0 in the second, the Hawks watched as Wheeler took the lead, scoring eight runs in the top half of the frame. Myrtle tied the game at eight in the bottom of the second before Wheeler regained the lead, scoring five runs in the top of the third.
Myrtle closed out the game scoring seven runs to take the win and the series.
Austin Floyd had thre hits to lead Myrtle, while Taylor Hogue, Lipsey, Scott, Ausburn and Jordan each had two hits.
The Hawks (12-11) will face Greenville St. Joe in the next round of the playoffs, beginning tomorrow in Greenville.
Falkner defeats West Union in three games
West Union’s season came to an end on Saturday, dropping a deciding 13-2 game three after winning, 17-8, earlier in the day.
Falkner took game one of the series on Friday, 11-9, behind three hits from Trevor Wilson. West Union took an early 5-0 lead after the first, preceding a seven-run second inning by Falkner. West Union’s final lead came in the bottom half of the second, going ahead 8-7 before Falkner took the lead for good in the top of the third, plating three runs.
Tyler Wooley and Chase Bogue had multiple hits for West Union, including a grand slam by Bogue in the first inning.
West Union tied the series with its 17-8 game two win. Wooley and Miles Steen each had four hits to lead the Eagles in the win, with West Union taking the lead in the third inning after being tied at seven.
Hunter Jennings had the win on the mound in game two.
Falkner kept up its hot bats in the third game of the series, winning 13-2. Wesley Murphy held the Eagles to oly three hits, and Falkner built an 8-0 lead before West Union scored its first run in the third inning.
The Eagles’ season ends with a 12-9 record.
Lady Hawks advance to face Smithville
Myrtle softball took its second round series against Greenville St. Joe, sweeping the series 2-0 and will next face Smithville.
In Friday’s game one, Emily Cook and Lauren Coggin had multiple hits, including a home run by cook. Alie Bishop also had a home run for the Lady Hawks, and Audrey Kent improved to 14-2 on the season with the win.
Myrtle took the series with a 20-7 win on the road on Saturday.
The series with the Lady Seminoles will begin on Thursday at Myrtle.

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