Baseball teams looking for postseason berths

By Daniel Brunty The Choctaw Plaindealer

As the season begins to wrap up for local high school baseball teams, some are looking forward toward postseason play to start. Some teams will experience make-up games and an extended regular season before their schedules run out. With the variety of weather over the past few months, games have been delayed and played over, making teams look forward to a new season with a change of weather to match. The Ackerman Indians had a busy week as they as they continued their division schedule looking for a strong finish to it. Up first for the Indians was a pair of games against the East Webster Wolverines. The first game was played on Apr. 10 at Maben. In what was a game that came to both teams having their own innings of production, it was the Wolverines who would end up on the winning end of a 5-4 score. Getting hits in that game for the Indians were Dakota brasher with an RBI, Cole Burney with an RBI, Nick Lang with two, Roman Ramirez with an RBI, Taylor Stevenson, and Cody Harris. The second game was played on Apr. 13 in Ackerman. The Indians would not have the luck of home field advantage on their side as they were once again defeated by the Wolverines by a score of 10-2. The Indians capped off with a weekend game against the Class 4A Louisville Wildcats on Apr. 14 in Louisville. The Indians could not get their offensive assertiveness going as the Wildcats went on to a 12-3 victory. Up next for the Indians will be a non-division match-up on the road against Class 4A Houston on Apr. 20. The Indians are currently 6-14 overall and 2-5 in division play. The French Camp Panthers split a pair of games last week as they look to make a push for a good division standing before the end of the regular season. The Panthers started off with a trip to Crawford to face the East Oktibbeha Titans in division play on Apr. 10. In what was not much of a contest, the Panthers handled the Titans by a score of 18-1. French Camp was on the road again later in the week as they faced the powerhouse Nanih Waiya Warriors in division play on Apr. 13. The Panthers could not get their offense going against the defending Class 1A champs, and were defeated 13-1 in division play. Up next for the Panthers was a home game the next day against the Winona Tigers in non-division play. The Panthers, still reeling from the previous day’s loss, could not get their flow going as the Tigers went on to win 5-0. The Panthers are currently 9-4 overall and 6-3 in division play. With a strong division record, the Panthers will be looking to possibly advance to postseason play to continue their season. The Weir Lions started their week with a trip to Noxapater to play the Tigers in a division contest on Apr. 10. Hoping to stop a two- game losing streak, the Lions pitching was the key in their game as they defeated the Tigers in a close 3-2 decision. Tyler Henson was big on the mound for the Lions, pitching seven innings and 9 strikeouts and only giving up two runs. The Lions then traveled to Columbus to play West Lowndes on Apr. 13 in another division contest. The Lions this time could not get their bats going as the Panthers went on to a 4-0 victory. The Lions are currently 7-7 overall and 5-5 in division play. Up next for the Lions will be a pair of games against the Ethel Tigers on Apr. 16 & 17. They will follow that up with a pair of games against Sacred Heart on Apr. 20 & 21