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March 15th, 2015
The best way to conquer a disappointment is to seize the next opportunity.
That's what Mississippi State softball player Alexis Silkwood did on Sunday.
After taking the loss in the circle on Saturday by giving up three runs (all earned) on two hits and two walks to the Texas A&M Aggies in the seventh inning, Silkwood came back on Sunday and went the distance in a 7-5 victory for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State's bullpen and the eighth inning didn't go well together this weekend.
For the second time in three games, the Bulldog relief pitching unraveled in the eighth inning.
This one came as the No. 16 Bulldogs dropped an 8-4 decision to Alabama Sunday as the Crimson Tide took the three-game series at Dudy Noble Field.
EUPORA â€“ It's a veteran ball club.
That might be the best way to describe Eupora Eagles baseball this seasonÂ because not one starter off the Class 2A State runner-up team departed.
Benefitting from all of that experience is first year head coach Michael Knight.
JACKSON â€“ Once, twice, three times the victor.
Four times this season, the Starkville and Madison Central boys met on the hardwood with the Jackets claiming three of those contests, but it was the final matchup that mattered most.
Back in November most would have not faulted Starkville for not making any postseason runs.
This was after all a team that had lost nine players, seven of which were the majority of its impact players and was left with a roster full of inexperience.
Even coach Greg Carter, who knew there was talent on the roster, was still somewhat unsure of this team's potential.
JACKSON â€“ Storybook fashion.
A better finish could not have been written for the 2015 East Webster basketball season.Â
In a year that saw the passing of coach Stan Hughey midway through as well as postseason games featuring 41 turnovers, a boys basketball and a third period with absolutely no points, the Lady Wolverines never gave up.Â
JACKSON â€“ If you know Quantesha Patterson or have ever been around her, you know how quiet she is off the court.
However, put a basketball in her hands and her demeanor turns into a scoring machine and Saturday when her team needed her the most, Patterson reminded everyone just how loud she can be.
After seeing the bullpen blow a lead in game one, Mississippi State head coach John Cohen was looking for someone to throw strikes in game two.
Austin Sexton did just that.
The sophomore right hander tossed his first-career complete game, as the No. 16 Bulldogs beat Alabama 4-1 in game two of a doubleheader to even series.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs left the door open during the course of the Southeastern Conference softball game with No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon.
As the day got later and later, that door became wider and wider. The Aggies eventually went through it.
What appeared at times to be MSU's third-straight softball victory over a ranked opponent did not end that way.
The Starkville High School and Madison Central boys basketball teams have played against each other three times this season and six times over the last two years.
"We know each other real well," SHS coach Greg Carter said. "That's a lot of games so this has turned into quite an interesting rivalry."
The stakes have never been higher than the seventh meeting of that span tonight.