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George County moves back to No. 1 in Sun Herald Top 10

Kyle Whittington tries to get around on an outside pitch on Tuesday, May 19, in the 2015 MHSAA Baseball State Championship at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. On Monday, Whittington helped lead the Rebels to a big division win over Ocean Springs.
Kyle Whittington tries to get around on an outside pitch on Tuesday, May 19, in the 2015 MHSAA Baseball State Championship at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. On Monday, Whittington helped lead the Rebels to a big division win over Ocean Springs.

Following a week's absence, the George County baseball team is back on top of the Sun Herald Top 10.

The Rebels (8-4) edged No. 2 Gulfport (11-5) for the top spot after they beat previous No. 1 Ocean Springs 2-1 in Lucedale last week.

The Greyhounds (10-5) dropped two spots to No. 3 in large part due to a 2-3 record in Region 7-6A.

One climber in this week's poll is St. Patrick, which moves up one spot to No. 6.

The Fighting Irish are 10-1 thanks to a six-game winning streak that includes Saturday's 10-8 win over No. 5 D'Iberville.

"Right now, we're playing great baseball," St. Patrick coach Eddie Burger said. "We're getting big hits top to bottom. There's not one guy carrying us. The key to our success is getting big hits in the bottom of our order from the 7, 8, 9 guys."

Senior Beau Bratton leads St. Patrick with five homers and 18 RBIs this season and senior Spencer Sliman is batting .459 with a homer and 14 RBIs.

St. Patrick, which is 3-1 in Region 8-3A, hosts Seminary in a big region contest tonight. St. Patrick, Seminary and West Marion are in a three-way tie for first place.

Burger described the game as "must win" for his squad.

"I've got 11 seniors this year and they've been playing since they were sophomores," Burger said. "They know what it takes. They figured out how to win and we haven't looked back. I'm proud of them."

The newcomer to the baseball poll this week is East Central (8-5), which is in a three-way tie for ninth with Hancock (7-8) and Long Beach (10-7). Harrison Central (9-6) checks in at No. 7 and Pearl River Central (13-4) moves up one spot to No. 8.

Softball

The St. Patrick softball team (12-0) continues to stand tall as the No. 1 team after it rolled to three wins last week. Harrison Central (11-3) held steady at No. 2 after picking up four wins last week

East Central (10-2-1) is the team to make the biggest jump, moving up four spots for a three-way tie at third with Poplarville (8-2) and St. Martin (7-6). The Lady Hornets are on a six-game winning streak.

"We've swung the bat real well," East Central coach Kyle Long said Monday. "We're hitting .400 as a team. When I looked this morning, we had 48 doubles in 12 games. We've always been predicated on defense and pitching, but our hitting has really stood out this year more so than in the past."

West Harrison (9-9) drops two spots to No. 6 this week. Pearl River Central (9-3-1) is No. 8, Biloxi (6-4-1) sits at No. 9 and Long Beach (6-6) rejoins the poll at No. 10.

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