by Danny C. Davis
After opening playoff wins against South Panola the Clinton Arrows were set to meet Southaven in the next round of playoff. The two teams weather permitting, were set to meet at Southaven at 7pm Friday April 29th, and back at Arrow Field at 7pm Saturday April 30th. Game 3 if necessary will be at Southaven on Monday May 2nd.
The Arrow defeated South Panola 11-6 at Clinton on April 22nd and won at Batesville on April 23rd to improve to 19-11.
Southaven and Clinton have played many times over the years in the playoffs. This year the Chargers defeated Desoto Central to win their district and had a bye in the opening week of the play and has a 15-10 record.
“They are a good ball team with a lot of team speed,” said Arrow head baseball coach Trave Hopkins. ”But if we play well we’ve got a shot, but we’ve got to be focused to beat them.”
A win of the series by the Arrows would put the Arrows in the north semi-finals against the winner of Madison Central and Hernando.
At Batesville the Arrows got a 4-2 the win despite only getting one base hit. South Panola had 8 hits but committed five errors to clinch the series and move to the next round.
Armani Lewis got the only hit for CHS. Parker Lee got the win and Dawson Dabbs got the save.
“Parker did an excellent job pitching for us and Dawson finished just like he did the night before,” said Arrow head coach Trave Hopkins. “We found a way to win through walks and sac bunting and running the bases. The pitchers let our defense make the plays.”
In game one, the Arrow fell behind South Panola 5-2 after the first two innings but had four hits and scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good 7-6. Clinton scored another run in the fifth and three in the sixth while holding the Tigers scoreless the final three innings. Dabbs entered the game in the fifth and allowed no runs and only a single hit.