Panthers, Cobras and Cougars, oh my — Wrapping up baseball system with Brookhaven, Wesson and Lawrence County

Published 7:33 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2018

As the 2017-2018 athletic year comes to a close for area schools, we’ll take our last look in a three-part series at the schools in the county with Brookhaven, Wesson and Lawrence County.

Brookhaven High School

The Panthers had a strong season in 2018, finishing the year with a 18-10 record, including a stellar 7-2 in their district, which put them in the 5A playoffs as the No. 2 seed against North Pike.

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After the Cougars were run-ruled at home in game one against North Pike, they bounced back in games two and three and won, putting them into the 5A South Half semifinals against West Jones.

Brookhaven and the Mustangs played a tight series, but the Mustangs were able to advance in two games to the third round of the playoffs.

On the mound, the Panthers had two solid starters in Sevante Quinn and Trace Owens.

For the year, Quinn posted a 3.45 ERA, and he struck out 50 hitters in 42.2 innings pitched.

Owens became more dominant at the end of the season, as he didn’t give up an earned run in two playoff appearances. For the year, Owens had a 1.70 ERA over 45.1 innings for the Panthers.

Wesson High School

The Cobras were a living embodiment for the phrase “it’s not how you start, but how you finish,” as Wesson struggled early in the year but reached the playoffs by winning their last four games.

Wesson was the four seed in the 3A MHSAA playoffs, and fell in the first round to Morton in two games.

Wesson finished the year with a 4-6 record in the district, but opened the district season with an 0-6 record before the winning streak at the end of the year which sent them into the playoffs.

The Cobras were led at the plate by Jim Guess and Will McInnis, both of which hit over .300 for the season.

Guess posted a .318 batting average and a .817 OPS for the season. McInnis hit .369 and slugged .584, good for a 1.053 OPS.

On the mound, Kenner Bizot and Aaron Mooney led the way for the Cobras.

Bizot struck out 35 hitters in 33.2 innings for Wesson, while Mooney struck out 33 hitters in 32 innings.

Lawrence County High School

The Cougars finished the year with a winning record at 13-11, but they lost a tiebreaker to George County to miss out on the playoffs at 4-6.

The Cougars’ power threats at the plate were Marquez Hudson and Brandon Bullock.

Hudson hit .391 on the year, and he slugged .765, good for a 1.278 OPS on the year.

Bullock hit .406 for the Cougars, and had an on-base percentage of .500, good for a 1.007 OPS.

On the mound, Bullock threw the most innings for the Cougars with 40.2 innings. Bullock struck out 42 hitters and had a 3.79 ERA.

Aaron Mooney was solid on the mound for the Cougars as well, striking out 33 hitters over 32 innings.