Cleveland ready for Tishomingo in Round 2
by Andy Collier
May 02, 2013 | 931 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland High School Wildcats will begin play in the 4A State Baseball Playoffs tonight against the Tishomingo County Braves in a best-of-three second round series.

Tonight’s first game, which was scheduled for Cleveland at 6:30 p.m., has been moved to Iuka due to inclement with the game time set for 6:30 p.m. while Friday’s second game will be moved to Cleveland on Friday weather permitting. A third game if necessary, will be played immediately after.

Cleveland enters the contest with a 23-2 record and a No. 1 seed from Region 3. Tishomingo enters the series with an 18-10 record and is a No. 3 seed from Region 1. Tishomingo won their first round series with Lafayette last week in a series that went the full three games.

Seniors Matt Ray and Marshall Boggs are the two leading hitters on CHS's team as they are hitting .462 and .459 respectively. Boggs leads the team in home runs (5), RBIs (49) and runs scored (46), while Ray leads the team in hits (37). Ray also has two home runs with 35 RBIs and 32 runs scored. Jason Young (.393 avg., 17 RBI, 35 runs), Trace Bray (.389 avg., 3 HR, 30 RBIs, 27 runs) and Dalton Lambre (.359 avg., 23 RBI) have also been solid at the plate.

Pitching wise, Ray (5-1, 0.91 ERA, 38. 1 IP, 12 H, 77 SO, 16 BB), Matt Hardman (8-0, 1,62 ERA, 34.2 IP, 25H, 51 SO, 4 BB), Bray (5-1, 2.75 ERA, 28 IP, 14H, 41 SO, 22 BB), Jordan Burchfield (4-0, 0.32, 22 IP, 12 H, 27 SO, 4 BB) and Boggs (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 17 IP, 2 H, 18 SO, 2 BB) have led Cleveland.

The winner of the Cleveland-Tishomingo series will play the winner of the Kosciusko-New Albany series in the quarterfinals of the playoffs next week.

In the Class A North State Baseball Playoffs, game two of the series between the Bayou Academy Colts and the Tri-County Academy Rebels, which was scheduled for today, has been tentatively moved to Friday with the contest set for 4 p.m. weather permitting. A third game, if necessary, is set to be played immediately after.