Baseball Roundup: Loyd Star tops Lawrence County 10-5

Published 10:45 am Saturday, March 4, 2023

Here’s a look at how area teams fared in high school baseball action played earlier this week.

Loyd Star, Lawrence County

The Lawrence County Cougars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Thursday but couldn’t maintain that advantage in the Lincoln County Invitational hosted by Enterprise as Loyd Star battled back for a 10-5 win.

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The Hornets and coach Jared Britt moved to 5-1 on the season with the victory.

Leadoff man Caleb Smith paced Loyd Star at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs. Loyd Star only got four hits in the win but feasted on 12 drawn walks. The Hornets also had two batters hit by a pitch and struck out just three times as a team.

Caden Yarborough and Brandon Burt were the other two Loyd Star players to reach via a base hit.

Senior Blake Thornton got the win on the mound in a complete game where he gave up seven hits, two earned runs and struck out eight.

Walt Smith and Kannon Cato had two hits each for LC coach Seth Avants. Caleb Dunaway, Jadonis Grandberry, Ian Malone and Caden Case all hit safely for the Cougars.

Loyd Star lost 12-8 to Franklin County in their season opener and have won five games straight since then. They’ll take on Natchez High at noon on Saturday in the Lincoln County Invitational.

Two of those five wins for Loyd Star have come against Wesson. On Tuesday at home, the Hornets beat the Cobras 14-3. Junior Conner Cunningham drove in five runs in the win over Wesson behind a double and a home run. As a team, Loyd Star hit five doubles in the win.

Senior Garrett Carwyle pitched the win over Wesson, striking out six and giving up no earned runs on the mound.

Loyd Star starts Region 7-2A play next week with a 3-game series against Bogue Chitto. The teams will meet at Loyd Star on Tuesday, March 7 for a single game. They’ll then play a doubleheader on Friday, March 10 at Bogue Chitto.

Game one starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and the doubleheader begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Lawrence County (2-6) will play at Clinton High on Saturday. They’ll then host Brookhaven High on Tuesday, March 7.

Bogue Chitto, Wesson

The Bogue Chitto Bobcats erupted for 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Thursday at the Lincoln County Invitational to grab a 17-7 win over Wesson in five innings.

Colton Frith, Myles Foil and Noah Magee all drove in three runs each for coach Gareth Sartin and the Bogue Chitto coaching staff.

Tripp McCaffrey had two RBIs for the Bobcats while Easton Sartin, Blake Smithers, and Tanner Wilson had an RBI each in the win.

McCaffrey hit a double, Foil hit two doubles, and Magee and Frith each hit a triple for BC.

The Bobcats are now 6-1 overall and close out Lincoln County Invitational play on Saturday with a 2:15 p.m. matchup against North Pike.

Tucker Kyzar drew the start on the mound for Bogue Chitto against Wesson. He struck out six, walked three and gave up five earned runs in four innings. Magee closed the game out by pitching the final inning and needing just 15 pitches to do so.

Wesson (2-4) coach Vance Windom used four pitchers in the loss. Wyatt Garrett drew the start and went two innings. Preston Selman, Parker Brooks and Tripp Martin also pitched for the Cobras in the loss.

At the plate for Wesson, Garett led the way with two hits. Senior Will Loy drove in two runs while hitting safely once. Also hitting safely for Wesson in the loss were Preston Selman, Brayden Coleman, Landan Beasley, Gabe Selman and Derrick Morgan.

Wesson will start region play by traveling to Tylertown on March 7.

Brookhaven High

Coach Matt White and his Panthers have made their annual trek to play in the Trey Altick Tournament in Ouachita Parish and its surrounding area.

The event is a huge tournament played in memory of Altick each year and this field in 2023 includes 53 teams.

On Thursday, the Panthers dropped their tournament opener by a 13-0 final score to Loranger. Loranger is located 80 miles south of Brookhaven in Tangipahoa Parish. The Panthers 

Loranger pitcher Jayden Lee threw a 69-pitch, complete game no-hitter in seven innings to get the win. The game was played at Sterlington Sports Complex.

The Panthers moved to 6-2 with the loss. They dropped an 8-6 game to North Pike on Tuesday.

BHS will play Airline High (Bossier City) on Friday and Horatio High (Arkansas) on Saturday at the Sterlington Sports Complex to wrap up tourney play.


The Yellow Jackets and first year head coach Austin Hood are 4-2 overall after whipping Salem 15-0 on Tuesday. EAC will play West Lincoln on Friday and host North Pike at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Lincoln County Invitational.

The Jackets are also scheduled to host Amite School Center on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

West Lincoln

The Bears are 4-2 thus far in their first season under the leadership of longtime Lawrence County head coach Tony Davis. Davis and his assistant coach/brother, Craig “Bowie” Davis, have West Lincoln at 4-2 on the season after getting an 11-1 win against Crystal Springs on Thursday in the Lincoln County Invitational.

West Lincoln finished 5-16 last season and made the playoffs before being swept by eventual MHSAA 2A runners up, Stringer Attendance Center.

Brookhaven Academy

A seven-run inning by Adams County Christian on Thursday helped give the homestanding Rebels a 12-5 win over Brookhaven Academy.

The Cougars weren’t helped by four errors in the loss. They were similarly done in by four errors at home on Tuesday in a 12-2 loss to Hartfield Academy. In that game, the Cougars and coach Caleb Upton outhit HA 10-6 in a game that was tied at 0-0 through the first four innings. 

Avery Griffin and Taylor Daughdrill had two hits each for the Cougars in the loss to ACCS. BA drops to 4-6 on the season with the defeat. Daughdrill hit ad double and drove in a run. Griffin had one RBI as well.

Upton’s team beat ACCS 12-3 in a matchup on Feb. 13. Brookhaven Academy will be back at Williams-Gillis Ballpark on Tuesday when they host Simpson Academy for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch.