Lions and Panthers fall in second round playoff action

By Daniel Brunty The Choctaw Plaindealer

Local Choctaw County high school baseball teams continued their playoff runs this past week as they try to continue their seasons well into the postseason. However, the results of this past week’s games did not assist with this cause. The Weir Lions, who achieved victory in their play-in round against Sacred Heart out of Hattiesburg, were matched up in their second round playoff series against Pelahatchie. The first game was played at Pelahatchie on Apr. 26. The Chiefs would prove to be too much for the Lions on their home field as they went on to blank Weir 10-0. Getting hits in the game for the Lions were T.Y. Martin (2), Austin McCall (1), and Brady Dewberry (1). Pitching for the Lions was Ty Henson, who had a rough outing giving up six hits. Henson also had five strikeouts. The Lions would then get home field as they traveled back to Weir to play the Chiefs on Apr. 27. Looking to tie the series and send the series to a third game, the Lions came out strong, taking a 1-0 lead after three innings. However, the Chiefs would stall the Lions offense, and they would not score another run for the rest of the game. The Lions would go on to lose the game 6-1, ending the series as well as wrapping up the season for Weir. The Lions had a good, solid season. They would like to recognize their senior players Brady Dewberry, J.R. Hall, and Mario Hemphill, who worked hard all season to achieve their success. The French Camp Panthers also played in their second round playoff series against Natchez Cathedral last week. The first game of the series took place in French Camp. In the very first inning of the game, the Panthers would give up seven unanswered runs to the Green Wave, putting French Camp a huge deficit to overcome. French Camp would score a run in the second inning, but Cathedral would score five more runs in the third inning, giving them a lead the Panthers would not catch up to. Cathedral would go on to win the first game of the series 12-1. The series would then swing to the city of Natchez where Cathedral hosted the Panthers. The Green Wave would draw first blood, leading 2-0 after the second inning. The Panthers would get on the scoreboard in the third inning, and the score was 3-2 after five innings in favor of Cathedral. With the game drawing to an end, the Panthers would go on to tie the game in the sixth inning with a run, setting up a do-or-die situation for the Panthers in the seventh inning. The Panthers would come up big in the top of the seventh inning, as they posted three runs to give them a 6-3 lead. With the game and series on the line, the Panthers stopped the Green Wave from scoring in the last inning to win the game and force the series to a third game. The third game, which was played later on that day, would be just as exciting as the second game. The Green Wave would again strike first, leading 2-0 after four innings of play. The Panthers would not get their offense going this game, and would go on to lose the game 3-0, as well as lose the series. The Panthers finish the season 12-7 overall, and 7-3 in division play. They would like to recognize senior players Terry Henning and Brad Palmertree for all their hard work and dedication during the season. Look for the Weir Lions and French Camp Panthers baseball teams next season as they look for even more success next season.