Silliman Institute cleared a major hurdle in its quest for Mississippi Association of Independent Schools post season honors by ousting rival Central Private in a best-of-three games Class 2A South State series last week.
Up next is the MAIS Class 2A Overall championship series with Oak Hill Academy. The Wildcats (21-7) travel to West Point, Miss., to face Oak Hill (19-9) in game one at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“We don’t really know much about them,” Silliman coach John Ryan Beachamp said of Oak Hill. “For us, getting past Central Private was huge. This group has been different than the other three I’ve had at Silliman in a lot of ways.
“Instead of depending on one or two guys, it seems like a different player comes through for us in every game. If we can continue to play together like that as a team like that I like our chances.”
The series concludes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Silliman in Clinton when the teams play the second and, if necessary, third game.
Seniors Darian Tunstall (8-2) with a 1.40 earned run average and Mason McKnight (7-1, 2.17) are the top pitchers for Silliman. Tunstall is hitting .422 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs. Jordan Talley is hitting .395 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs. Talley also has a 5-3 record.
Juniors Chance Wilson and Drew Riley are the top pitchers for Oak Hill. Shortstop Ken Dill and third baseman-pitcher Riley Pierce are the top OHA hitters.
Two well-known coaches have sons set to play for schools other than the ones they’re affiliated with at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament that begins Thursday in Sulphur.
Nick Canevari, the son of former Episcopal coach Dan Canevari, is a freshman pitcher for second-seeded Runnels in Class 2A.
Dan Canevari, previously an assistant at LSU and the head coach at SLU, is now an assistant at Southern.
Tyler Held, a sophomore pitcher for Class 4A St. Michael the Archangel, is the son of Catholic High assistant football-baseball coach Eric Held, who previously was head football coach at St. Michael.
The family ties don’t stop there. Catholic High catcher Cole Johnson is the son of former LSU star and MLB player Russ Johnson. Runnels shortstop Johnny Johnson plays for his father, ex-LSU player Tookie Johnson, at Runnels.
Coaches meetings to select All-Metro baseball teams are set for next week.
The meeting for coaches in Class 5A-4A is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Denham Springs library. A meeting for Class 3A and below is set for Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at The Dunham’s athletic complex.
Coaches should send nominations, complete with statistics to Robin Fambrough at email@example.com by 1 p.m. Sunday.
Three competitors from Bethany Christian were among those earning top performer honors at last Saturday’s Association of Christian Educators League track championships held at East Ascension.
Taya Milligan was the Outstanding Female Field Athlete, Joy Jones was the Outstanding Overall Female Athlete and Samuel Gray was the Outstanding Overall Male Athlete.
Christian Home School of Monroe claimed the other top honors: Braden Grubb (Outstanding Male Field Athlete), Marissa Perez (Outstanding Female Track Athlete) and Josiah Perez (Outstanding Male Track Athlete).