Thursday, May 14
High school baseball, MHSAA state championships (times TBA, Pearl): The North and South winners will meet in the best-of-three title series at Trustmark Park. The series involving Jackson-area teams are Madison Central vs. Petal in 5A and St. Andrew's vs. Ackerman or Water Valley in 2A. … College baseball, Ole Miss and Mississippi State begin their final series of the regular season: The Bulldogs play host to mighty LSU (6:30 p.m., Starkville, 620 AM). Can the Dogs play the spoilers again? The Rebels, who suffered a rude awakening in last weekend's series with MSU, head for the Ozarks to face Arkansas (6:35 p.m., Fayetteville, Ark., 97.3 FM).
Friday, May 15
Major League Baseball, Arizona at Atlanta (6:30 p.m., CSS/620 AM): The
Braves begin a weekend series with
Saturday, May 16
Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Montgomery (7:05 p.m., Montgomery, Ala., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves begin a five-game series with the Biscuits (still one of the greatest nicknames in minor-league baseball.) … Thoroughbred racing, The Preakness (3:30 p.m., Ch. 3): Kentucky Derby-winner Mine That Bird is expected to take a run at winning the second leg of the Triple Crown. Odds are, the horse won't be getting 50-1 odds this time.
Sunday, May 17
NBA basketball, Conference semifinals, Orlando at Boston and/or Houston at Los Angels Lakers (times TBA, Ch. 16 or TNT): If these series go to Game 7, the decisive play will be made today.
Monday, May 18
College baseball, Ferriss Trophy presentation (7 p.m., Jackson): Will Ole Miss' Scott Bittle claim the annual award for Mississippi's best college player again? Or will Southern Miss' Brian Dozier or Belhaven's Craig Wescott take home the trophy?
Tuesday, May 19
PDL soccer, New Orleans at Mississippi (7 p.m., Clinton High School): Brilla returns home to face the Jesters.
Wednesday, May 20
College baseball, Ole Miss in SEC Tournament (opponent and time TBD, Hoover, Ala., CSS/97.3 FM): The Rebels have some work to do if they want to host an NCAA Regional. … Southern Miss in C-USA Tournament (teams and times TBA, Hattiesburg): The Golden Eagles hope some home cooking will help them win the tourney title. … Jackson State vs. Grambling State in the SWAC Tournament (noon, Baton Rouge, La.): Will this be the year when JSU finally wins the league tourney?
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S during bouts with insomnia.
Real Baseball Intelligence (RBI), a leading resource in the evaluation of amateur baseball talent and draft coverage, has ranked Scott Bittle the #20 prospect in the 2009 MLB Draft. View his scouting report (with video) at www.withthefirstpick.net/scott-bittle
- Real Baseball Intelligence