Cats and Lady Wildcats planning a great season

‘Cats looking to gain needed
experience as
season progresses
By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal

His team’s 3-3 start is really not worrying Louisville High School
head baseball coach Hayden Cox that much.

He knows his team is still working on some depth and gaining
experience and also noted that two of those losses came to some good
squads.

“We have run into some pretty good teams in Starkville and Neshoba
(Central),” Cox said. “We have been our own worst enemy and that took
us out of those games.”

While the Wildcats have a large number of juniors and seniors
combined, that may be a little deceptive.

“There are only three seniors on the team to go with 11 juniors,” Cox
said. “They are upperclassmen, but they don’t have a ton of experience.
That’s something we are going to work on. Our biggest concern is
going to be depth on the mound.”

While Louisville has lost to Grenada (7-4), Starkville (9-2) and
Neshoba Central (6-0), the Wildcats have also picked up a trio of
wins. The biggest of those came Monday night when LHS opened district
play with an 8-5 win over the visiting Houston Hilltoppers.

The Wildcats also beat Greenville Weston 10-9 and Philadelphia 22-2.
The ‘Cats are set to visit Houston in a return match on Friday,
before visiting Aberdeen on Saturday. Next week sees LHS traveling to
Meridian Monday through Wednesday to take part in the Rush Classic.
Louisville plays Philadelphia at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Quitman at noon
on Tuesday, Raleigh at noon on Wednesday and West Lauderdale at 3:30
p.m. on Wednesday. All four games will be at Q.V. Sykes Field.

“I think we are going to be a team that can put the ball in play and
use speed to our advantage, especially defensively” Cox said. “It’s
just going to be a team that has to do the little things well to have
a chance to win ball games.”

Ross Barnett, Wyatt Roberts and Dylan Nicholson will be handling an
abundance of the pitching duties, with Rylee Pearson, Dalton Hudspeth
and Demarcus Frazier also getting some time.

Hudspeth will handle the majority of the catching, with A.J. Triplett
at first, Roberts at short, T.J. Hudson at third and M.J. Herrington
and Matthew Matzek sharing time at second base.

Justin Cistrunk will get the nod in right, with Chris Hickman in
center and Darius Miller in left. Nicholson will also be playing some
outfield.
The Wildcats compete in the district with Houston, Caledonia, Noxubee
County, Leake Central and Kosciusko.

Lady Wildcats headed into week looking for win
By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
The Lady Wildcats headed into the second week of the fast-pitch
softball season looking for their first win of the year.

LHS was set to visit Philadelphia on Tuesday, before host Caledonia
on Thursday and Nanih Waiya on Friday.

The Lady Wildcats played a wild one last Thursday, dropping a 20-19
decision to host Noxapater.

“It was a marathon,” said LHS head coach Chad Gibson. “There were a
bunch of walks, but the game was much more exciting than that. There
were a bunch of steals and several runners were thrown out trying to
advance. It was just a wild one.”

Zoria Nicholson had two doubles and two singles and Miriah Ford
belted a triple and three singles to lead the Louisville offensive
attack, while Ayana Taylor and Brittany Lucas had two hits each.

“The girls gave a great effort in the game,” Gibson said. “I couldn’t
fault them for that at all.”

The cold weather played havoc with the Lady Wildcats on Saturday as
they lost to Choctaw Central 14-1 and Meridian 16-4 to fall to 0-4 on
the season.