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May 23rd, 2015
It was a fitting way to end the 2014-15 athletic year for Mississippi high schools.
The East Webster High School baseball team added a sixth state championship for the school on Saturday afternoon, which caps an unbelievable run for the Wolverines.
Jacob Lindgren made a name for himself during his junior year at Mississippi State.
The left hander went 6-1 in his 26 appearances during the 2014 season. The Bay St. Louis native allowed only 23 hits, nine runs, five earned runs in 55 1/3 innings. He had an earned run average of 0.81 and struck out an astonishing 100 batters.
Coach Wes Johnson and the East Webster Wolverines couldnâ€™t have asked for a better scenario on Thursday afternoon.
After coming back to take a 2-1 lead against Taylorsville, it was all but a formality that the game was in the bag with star reliever Kolby Crowley on the mound.
Mark Monaghan may have become a successful high school baseball coach at DeSoto Central High School.
Even after winning the Class 6A State championship with his Jaguars, Monaghan has not forgotten where he came from.
Monaghan played high school baseball for coach Danny Carlisle at Starkville High School and fondly remembers those who made an impact on his life at an early age.
PEARL â€“ All it took was one pitch and one hit to ruin what had been a phenomenal effort from two East Webster pitchers on Thursday in game two of the Class 2A State championship.
Taylorsville used a two-out, two-run inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning to force a decisive game three with a 3-2 win over the Wolverines.
PEARL â€“ East Webster's duo of Derek Jones and Kolby Crowley kept the Taylorsville bats at bay all day.
They had a no-hitter until two outs in the sixth inning. That's when things took a bizarre turn.
Colbey Rivers and Tyler Barnes were valuable senior members of the Starkville High School baseball team.
Rivers and Barnes were recognized for their contributions to the Yellowjackets by landing spots in the NEMCABB All-Star Game. They are members of the Class 4A/6A West roster.
Mississippi State may have lost a player on Thursday, but added a signee for the 2015 class.
Bulldog guard Maurice Dunlap is transferring, an MSU official confirmed.
Bulldawgs 247 first reported the news on Thursday afternoon.
All indications Thursday afternoon have pointed to Ricky Woods becoming the next head football coach at Starkville High School.
Woods, who led South Panola to four Class 5A State championships from 2003-06, spent the last two years at Peabody High School in Trenton, Tenn. Newspaper reports out of Tennessee had Woods resigning that position on Thursday.
PEARL â€“ It came down to one final batter on Wednesday and East Webster head coach Wes Johnson wouldnâ€™t have wanted anyone else on the mound.
With a one-run lead following a triple, Kolby Crowley finished things out to give the Wolverines the game one win in the Class 2A State championship series over Taylorsville 4-3.