Desoto County Sports

Thursday sports: Hernando sweeps Oxford, controls Region 1-7A baseball

Photo: Topher Jones of Hernando reaches third and heads for home during Hernando’s 12-0 victory over Oxford Thursday night. (Bob Bakken/  

Tiger baseball is roaring on Dilworth Lane, where Hernando remained unbeaten in Region 1-7A action after a dominating 12-0, five-inning victory over Oxford Thursday night. 

Luke Romine not only scored three times, but he allowed just two hits and fanned 12 while walking four in posting the mound victory. Topher Jones also scored three times and Josh Pena tripled as part of the Tigers’ 11-hit attack.  

Hernando opened the scoring with a three-run first inning featuring an RBI single by Brody Martin that scored Romine and Tyler Sullivan.

The Tigers added four runs in the second inning and plated five more in the fourth, featuring a three-run triple by Pena for the runs that would activate the 10-run rule to end the game after the Chargers were set down in the fifth. 

“They just play hard,” first-year Hernando coach Taylor Karr said. “They come to work every day and they’re really fun to coach. I tell them all the time I’m in the background pulling the curtains.”  

Karr came to Hernando after being assistant coach at Lafayette High School in Oxford for two years.  He said his team is playing well but they’re not satisfied with that success.  

“I told them when I came here in July that the goal is to win it,” Karr said, speaking about the state championship. “We need to have those championship expectations that you’re the best team whenever you show up and wanna be. It’s getting these guys to believe what everybody thinks about them, but themselves.”

Thursday’s victory was Hernando’s eighth straight win, improving their season record to 16-4 and 6-0 in Region 1-7A. It was also their second against Oxford, following an 8-6 victory in Oxford on Tuesday, April 2 that saw Hernando rally for five runs in the seventh inning. Oxford is now 14-8 overall and 4-2 in region play.  

The Tigers have two games left in the regular season, a pair of games against Lewisburg starting Saturday night in Hernando. 

DeSoto County Scoreboard

Prep baseball

Hernando 12, Oxford 0 (5 innings)

Note: Winning pitcher Luke Romine allowed just two hits in the win for the Tigers. Romine walked four and struck out 12. A five-run fourth inning activated the run rule after the Chargers were set down in the fifth. Romine and Topher Jones each scored three times for Hernando, Jones had three hits. Brody Martin and Josh Pena each had three RBIs. Pena tripled, Jones and Meyer Maddox each had doubles for the Tigers. Romine walked four and fanned 12 in getting the complete-game pitching victory.  

DeSoto Central 6, Lewisburg 4 

Note: DeSoto Central scored three runs in the fourth inning for a lead they never relinquished. Jack Willis doubled and scored twice for the Jaguars in the win and Conner Ferguson had a pair of hits. Ferguson was the winning pitcher with three walks and three strikeouts, allowing seven hits and four runs.  For Lewisburg, Sam Richardson scored twice, Easton Fesmire had two hits and Kody Gilmore tripled and garnered two RBIs. Magee was the losing pitcher with 3.1 innings pitched, with two walks and a strikeout. Magee allowed four hits and three runs.  

Southaven 18, Horn Lake 0

Saltillo 17, Olive Branch 0 (4 innings)

Northpoint Christian 17, Germantown, Tenn. 1 (3 innings)

Note: The Trojans scored 13 runs in the first inning. Isaiah Nolan scored three times, KL Farr scored twice, hit safely twice, and had three runs batted in.  Farr hit a pair of triples for Northpoint, while five different players hit doubles as part of an 11-hit attack. Alex Love was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts, allowing one run and one hit. 

Prep softball

Lewisburg 11, DeSoto Central 10

Note: Lewisburg held on despite a six-run seventh inning by DeSoto Central and eight Lady Patriot errors. Lewisburg had an 8-0 lead after two innings. Leona Klaire Stokes scored three times for the Lady Patriots, Emma Abrams had four hits, including a double and a home run, and three RBIs. Anna Etter also drove in three runs. Abrams allowed 10 runs and 10 hits, walked three and struck out six. For DeSoto Central, Makayla Jamison scored twice, Colby Young and Darby Smith had two hits. Young and Katelyn Short collected three RBIs. Short and Londen Armstrong both doubled. Young took the loss with seven runs on six hits, walked three and fanned four.  

Hernando 13, Oxford 3 (6 innings)

Note: Hernando put the run rule into effect with three runs in the sixth inning against the Lady Chargers.  Madison York, Jayla Sites, and Callie Desmond all scored three times, York and Desmond had three hits apiece, and York picked up three RBIs. Desmond, York, Hayden Hodge, and Molly Anderson all doubled. Kate Johnson was the winning pitcher, giving up six hits, three runs, got three walks and four strikeouts.   

Southaven 17, Horn Lake 0 (3 innings)

Note: Taylor Wade and Taylor Gross each scored three runs for Southaven. Carmen Turnmire and Gross hit safely twice, and Gross had four RBIs. Turnmire and Gross each hit a pair of doubles. Chloe Brown was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits and struck out four.  

South Panola 15, Olive Branch 0 (3 innings)

Saltillo 8, Lake Cormorant 0 

Note: Alivia Burns had two hits for Lake Cormorant. Alyssa Boswood struck out eight and walked two, gave up six hits and eight runs, but only one run was earned.  

Grenada 7, Center Hill 0

Northpoint Christian 15, St. George’s 0 (3 innings)

Note: Northpoint scored all 15 runs in the second inning of the victory. Five players scored two runs each in the inning, Macie Dever-Boaz had two hits, including a home run, and had two RBIs. Josey Jones and Josie Smith each tripled. Trinity Garvin was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit and struck out seven. 

Prep boys’ soccer

Northpoint Christian 8, Memphis Central 1

Note: Miller Lashlee scored three goals for Northpoint in the victory.