On the weekends, Boyd said Pay- ton Lane has “exceeded” expectations.And while the offense has been up and down, Boyd said the Trojans had 11 hits against Oxford in their third meeting and “bat- tled well” against West Point despite only getting three hits.“I hope we will pick it up and that it will sink in fairly well.” Just like New Hope, Heritage Academy has a week to prepare for its first-round playoff series.

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Still, Cook feels his team has work to do this week to get ready for the second season.

“We need to get in there and take pitches and have quality at-bats,” Cook said. Olive Branch put us out last year, and our kids are excited to play against them again.” New Hope will have to wait to see who it will play in its first step on the way to trying to defend its Mis- sissippi High School Ac- tivities Association Class 5A title. Redden pitched six strong innings to get the victory.

It also was a chance to get back on track to doing things we have done all season.” Cook credited second baseman Tyler Harmon for helping turn a key dou- ble play in the fifth inning when Starkville had the bases loaded.

Although they weren’t able to score against Colbey Rivers un- til the eighth inning, Cook said the Falcons were able to do a better job getting bunts down and moving runners.

The Dispa Tch • APRIL 20, 2014 5B Golf Playoffs Continued from Page 1B Cook said the Starkville victory was a “big game” for his team, not only be- cause it was against one of the school’s biggest rivals, but also because it helped bounce back from losses to Northwest Rankin, Madison Central, and New Hope.

“A lot of people around the state were wondering how we would react to a game that really didn’t mean anything for us in the division, but it was the next game for us and we needed to play better,” Cook said.I think it is a little higher now, but we’re making teams hit the ball.” Columbus’ defense has backed the pitching up on most nights.Cook praised the play of Isaiah Farmer and Patel in the outfield and Harmon and Deonteau Rieves in the infield.We’re going to do some intrasquad things to make sure we see as many live at-bats as best we can.After play- ing four games a week and then not playing for a week or maybe a week and a half, it will be tough on the guys.” But Boyd feels good about where the Trojans are entering the final week of the regular sea- son because the pitching staff and the defense have performed well.A staff led by Lee, Mullis, and Mc Cullough has thrown five no-hitters this season.