This has been a stellar baseball season for the Clinton High Arrows. CHS finished the regular season 23-5, the best season under nine year coach Eddie Lofton. The Arrows won their district and are ranked in the Clarion-Ledger super 10 in the final regular season poll.
Now the Arrows will try to advance to next level starting tonight when they host the Columbus High Falcons at 6pm at Arrow Field. Game 2 will be at Columbus on Friday. Game 3 if necessary will be at Arrow Field Saturday at 7pm.
Clinton has not played for a state championship since 1998 when they lost to Hattiesburg in the finals. The Arrows last won a state championship 24 years ago in 1990.
Lofton hopes his team that rides a nine game winning streak into the playoffs
Is ready to advance to the next level. CHS has not lost since falling to Northwest Rankin on April 5th.
The Columbus Falcons appear to be a tough opening round challenge for CHS.
Columbus is 21-6 on the season after defeating Olive Branch in two games in the first round of the playoffs last week.
The Falcons are expected to start senior pitcher Trace Lee on the mound who threw a one hitter against Columbus last week. Lee was the starting quarterback for the Columbus High football team and is the younger brother of former Miss. State quarterback Tyson Lee.
“ Lee is one of the best pitchers we have faced all year,” said Lofton. “We have got to find a way to hit against him and score some runs. They are very good defensively also.”
Lee has a 4-2 pitching on the season, defeated district rival Madison Central twice during the regular season.
“We have been a good hitting team in the last part of the season and that is going to be the key to us advancing against two very good pitchers
,” said Lofton.
Arrow ace Staton Todd is expected to be back after missing the final two weeks of the season due to a shoulder injury.
“We threw Staton and three other pictures last weekend against Germantown. We feel real good about all of them,” Lofton said.
“We have a great season and the kids have worked so hard and all have a great attitude. If we play like we are capable of playing then I feel we can win and go to the next level. It is a whole new season in the playoffs. Anything can happen.”