Stone advances to third round of baseball playoffs
By Jody O'Hara
May 10, 2013, 10:16
The Stone High baseball team took a dramatic 2-1 extra-innings victory over Pearl River Central Saturday to advance to the quarterfinal round of the MHSAA 5A playoffs.
It marks the first time since 1991 the Tomcats have gone this deep in postseason play.
Anthony Morse came on in relief and threw 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball before the offensive heroics in the bottom of the eighth inning.
"It was a powerful display of pitching," Coach Kevin Conard said.
Brycen Burge stroked a single, advanced to second on Blake McCarroll's sacrifice bunt, took third on a passed ball and raced home when Lucas Kirkland hit a high chopper to third.
"It was an exciting way to win a playoff game," Conard said. "We had a great crowd and a lot of support and I hope the fans continue to show their support as we move on."
Stone won 4-0 in the first game in the best-of-three series when Kyle Morrison threw a seven-inning, three-hit shutout last Thursday.
Justin Evans had a pair of hits in each game while Justin Evans stroked a solo home run in the first game.
The Tomcats now face Pascagoula.
Stone travels Friday for the first quarterfinal game and will host the next two at home. Game two will be Saturday with a decisive game three, if necessary, on Monday.
The MHSAA state finals in tennis were once again rained out last week.
Stone High is slated to play Oxford for the 5A championship for the third straight year.
The finals have been rescheduled for May 14-16 at Ridgeland Tennis Center.
The team competition will be held on a Tuesday with the individual portion of the tourney on Wednesday and Thursday.
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