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.14 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE Season ends for Tomcat baseball By dody O'Hara The Stone High base- ball team bowed out of the state tournament after a pair of second- round losses to Pascagoula. The Panthers defeated the Tomcats 6-2 last Thursday before pasting Stone 13-1 on Friday. Coach Kevin Conard's charges finished the sea- son 15-zl overall and 5-3 in district play. Conard will have a solid cast of returners when the Tomcats take the diamond next sea- son as only three seniors graduate from this year's squad. D.J. Davis, Philip Chandler and Jasper James, while big con- tributors this season, have several players waiting to fill their roles. i SPORTS I m.stomcomentemtu.om May 2, 2012 . MGCCC baseball to host MACJC playoff series By Bill Snyder, MGCCC PERKINSTON--A few weeks ago, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was fighting for its playofflife and grind- ing toward a second straight trip to the post- season. Now, thanks to a 6-1 record to close the sea- son, a loss by Hinds, and a good call on a coin flip, the Bulldogs (25-17, 13-11) are the MACJC South Division's No. 2 seed and hosting North Division No. 3 seed Northeast 06-28, 13-1o) in the first round of the MACJC Playoffs at Ken Curlf' Farris Field. The best-of-three series begins with game one Friday at 6 p.m. fol- lowed by game two Saturday at 2 p.m. If a game three is necessary, it will be played imme- diately following game two "It's good to be at home,  said Gary Rath, who,s in his third season as Gulf Coast head base- ball coach. "We will be well prepared fo r this series." The Bulldogs jumped to the No. 2 seed when Hinds lost a make up game Apr. 30 to Jones. That forced a tie break- ing coin flip between Gulf Coast and Hinds for the No. 2 seed, which was won by the Bulldogs. It's the second straight trip to the post-season for Gulf Coast after sweeping Itawamba in this same opening round in 2oxL "The guys really steppt up down the stretch to get us into this position," Rath added. "Now we have to come out focused because anything can happen in the playoffs." The winner of this series advances to the MACJC Tournament May lO-12 at a site to be determined. Other MACJC playoff series feature South No. 4 seed East Central at North No. 1 Itawamba, South No. 3 Hinds at North No. 2 Northwest, and North No. 4 Miss. Delta at South No. 1 Jones. Tomcats to defend South State title By Jody O'Hara The Stone High tennis team defeated Gautier 5-2 last Thursday to earn a berth in its sec- ond straight South State championship match. The Tomcats will travel to take on Long Beach at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Abbey Road Athletic Club in Pass Christian. The Tomcats beat Long Beach 6-1 in the teams' only meeting this sea- son. That match occurred during the Pass Christian Tournament. "They have solid boys and strong mixed dou- bles and that's what they've relied on to get their points this season," said coach Freddie Wegner. Wegner's charges are no stranger to the high stakes of a South State title match, having made their way to the state championship last season before falling to perennial power Oxford. Should the Tomcats emerge victorious on Thursday, theyql travel to Jackson for the state tournament which begins next Monday. Individuals will play for rifles on Monday and Tuesday with team com- petition set for Wednesday. Those interested in cheering on the Tomcats will find the action tak- ing place at 22171 Abbey Rd, Pass Christian, 39571. The same, great care I you know & trust ... I I , I I I pet of the month ? 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Scott Stricldand sd ;:Scd went on to county welcomed the  : !iffaise6sewho serve asistance provided, the country while "No. ; it gives the remaining civilians liv- Guard a more visible ing and working like the presence in our commu- vast majority of their nity and that'[s always a good thing," he said. "No. 2; it saves the county money we really Stone County Ent00rlP00,U countrymen. 'Those guys in uni- form, showing their con- cern, not only for our country and the free- doms we enjoy as citi- zens of that country, but their concern for the community in which they live, should make each and every one of us proud of the legacy our forefathers left us and of the nation we continue to build, support and defend," he said. Sgt. John Parker is a Wiggins native and per- fectly exemplifies what Strickland was attempt- ing to verbalize. "There's a sense of pride knowing I'm able to give back to the com- munity I grew up in," he said. The majority of those in the two local units have had advanced indi' vidual training in, and are licensed for, the use of heavy equipment. Many Guardsmen find their MOS carries over to employment in the civilian world. The Guard prides itself on the fact that whether the call comes from, the state governor or from the President of the United States, its sol- diers are always ready to and always there. Those wishing to learn more about opportuni- ties to serve in the National Guard are asked to call Sgt. st Class Tim Lewis at 228- 623-7080.