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October 15th, 2013
MABEN â€“ Going into Tuesdayâ€™s slow-pitch softball playoffs, East Webster coach Lee Berryhill knew his team had to be on top of its game as one off day could send them packing.
The Lady Wolverines took that charge and ran with it as they rallied after losing game one 6-3 to defeat Union 13-0 and 13-7, respectively, to claim the best-of-three series and advance forward in the Class 2A postseason.
Senior Vivian Barksdale and the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets were determined not to lose a set to the New Hope Lady Trojans Tuesday night.
Even after getting down 12-4 at one point of the third set, the Lady Jackets fought back and won 27-25.
That set clinched the match against New Hope as Starkville won the first two sets by the same 25-15 scores.
The Mississippi State football team had another player be recognized for his efforts on the field on Tuesday.
Junior tight end Malcolm Johnson was one of 29 players nationwide to make the 2013 John Mackey midseason watch list.Â
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The atmosphere surrounding Mississippi State baseball, is one of the best in the country.
Dudy Noble Field at Polk-Dement Stadium was erected in 1967. In 1987, it underwent a $3.5 million renovation upping the number of seats to 6,700.
On Monday, MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin met with many Bulldog baseball fans at the Seal Football Complex to get their input for new renovations.
The East Webster Lady Wolverines earned the top seed out of Class 2A, Region 5 during the regular season and now look to make a run in the postseason.
East Webster will host Union, the Region 6 runner-up, today.
Lady Wolverines coach Lee Berryhill is looking forward to a fresh start, but all the while knowing his team could be eliminated at any point.
Heading into the bye week, Mississippi State is not at 100 percent healthy.
Leading up to the Bulldogs 21-20 win over the Bowling Green Falcons on homecoming, head coach Dan Mullen said there were six offensive lineman who were sidelined at one point or time in practice.
Entering last Friday night's game, I thought Eupora was going to come out and have no problem with Bruce.
When the dust finally settled around 9:30 p.m., it was Bruce who walked away with a 25-20 victory.
The Eagles played well in the first half, but struggled offensively in the second half and it cost them.
After dropping the last two contests some might be wondering if East Websterâ€™s six-win undefeated start was simply a fluke.
Were they simply lucky? Were they playing what could be called cupcake opponents or are the losses a result of the playing in an extremely competitive division?
Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman said last week that there would be a baseball-type of mentality brought to games next spring when it comes to managing the pitching staff.
Fans who attended Sunday's doubleheader against Shorter College got to see some of that approach.
It wasn't the night Mississippi Stat fans expected for homecoming, but at least it was a win.
The Bulldogs struggled for most of the second half, but held on to beat Bowling Green 21-20 Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium.
"That's a good win for us," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. "A win's a win. We'll take it. That's a very good football team. We knew that coming in though."