Good Bullpen Session for Casey Mize

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Casey Mize isn’t yet a part of No. 7 Auburn’s starting rotation this weekend, but Coach Butch Thompson said Mize, who is 6 & 1 and leads the SEC in both ERA (1.23) & strikeouts is available to pitch in Starkville and could start Sunday. Keegan Thompson will start Friday, Davis Daniel will pitch Saturday with Sunday still to be announced. Mize pitched off a mound for the first time since an April 13th and “felt great” after throwing 60 pitches. there’s also a chance Mize could pitch either in a relief role or as part of a doubleheader Saturday if rain becomes likely for Sunday’s game. Auburn & No. 10 Miss. State, the 2 top teams in the SEC West, open their series tonight @ 6:30 p.m. in Starkville.

Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin & Brittany Maresette Might be Back Soon

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 the three Auburn softball players who were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, are practicing with the team and will be in uniform for this weekend’s series against Mississippi State, But they remain suspended indefinitely. coach Clint Myers said yesterday. That They have to earn their way back onto the team, & that When that happens is solely up to them.  The 3 did not travel with the team to South Carolina over the weekend or to Montgomery for Wednesday’s win over Alabama State. Myers said “it’s always possible” that any of the three could play against the Bulldogs this weekend, but as of Thursday, “they’re just not eligible.” When the Tigers convened for practice Thursday, Fagan, Martin & Maresette spent the early portion running laps around the outfield while the rest of the team went through its regular stretch routine. Myers said he & the other coaches met & feel. There are  consequences that have to be taken care of. And once those are and they’ve earned the trust of their coaches and their teammates then they can come back.

Legislature to Honor Tim Hudson

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 — The Alabama Legislature will honor Tim Hudson, current resident of Auburn & former Auburn University & Major League Baseball star, for his athletic achievements and significant philanthropic contributions to the state today during a joint session in the House Chamber. At the time of his retirement, he was the major leagues’ winningest active pitcher. Hudson & his wife Kim have participated in numerous charitable organizations & will speak at this years Storybook Farms 9th annual Kentucky Derby Dinner & Auction Saturday May 6th.  In 2009, they founded the Hudson Family Foundation, which serves individuals in need in Alabama and Georgia. During the joint session, Hudson and his family will be presented with a legislative resolution & are also scheduled to meet with Gov. Kay Ivey.

Auburn Run-Rules Alabama St.

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Auburn hadn’t scored double-digit runs since April 1st at Georgia. It hadn’t run-ruled a team since March 18th against Ohio State, when Kaylee Carlson pitched the second perfect game in program history. yesterday in Montgomery, the Tigers ended both of those streaks. No. 9 Auburn trounced Alabama State, 14-1, in its final nonconference game of the season. Makayla Martin, shortstop Haley Fagan and freshman reserve Brittany Maresette, the three players suspended for marijuana possession charges, did not make the trip with the team. Auburn returns home tomorrow for a three-game SEC series against Mississippi State.

Double Homicide Suspect Arrested

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Opelika police arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with a double homicide on March 25th. Police continue searching for a second suspect in the case, but no other details were released Monday morning. John Maddox Jr., of Opelika, was arrested Friday & charged with the murder of Sedric Lewis, 27, of Opelika, & Derris Harris, 31, of Lafayette. Opelika police began investigating the incident after police and fire personnel responded to a call in the 400 block of Toomer Court in Opelika March 25th, where they found two gunshot victims. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Harris was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center where he died shortly after arrival.

Auburn Baseball Ranked #5 in Baseball America poll!

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This past weekend was a crucial one for Auburn. Arkansas came to Plainsman Park sitting atop the SEC West standings. Auburn was one game back. The Tigers went into the series without ace Casey Mize, but After taking two out of three from the Razorbacks, Auburn is a consensus Top 10 team in the two major polls. The Tigers moved up from No. 11 to No. 7 in the D1Baseball Top 25 and from No. 10 to No. 5 in the Baseball America poll released Monday. Auburn is still one game back of Mississippi State in the SEC West, but will have a chance to take over the lead this weekend during its three-game series in Starkville.

Auburn High Baseball Wins-secures No. 1 seed in Class 7A

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 After winning 12-1 Wednesday, the Tigers scored seven runs in the first two innings of yesterday’s game at Smiths Station on their way to an 11-1 run-rule win. Auburn, with its 3-1 record in the area, clinched the area title, eliminating Smiths Station from postseason contention in the process.

With the win Auburn will host the Area 1 runner-up (either Alma Bryant or Mary Montgomery) next Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

“That’s very big,” Auburn head baseball coach Matt Cimo said about hosting, “because it gives our kids a lot of confidence, winning the area, playing at home. Our home ballpark always gives our kids a lot of confidence, and our fans are so great at our place. It’ll just be great to be at home.”

For the second straight game against Smiths Station, Auburn hitters clobbered the ball. Jordan went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs and starting pitcher Brooks Fuller went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the way.

Rawlins Cleveland went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Teddy Benda went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Garrett Morris and Trey Woodham each had a hit and scored three runs.

Fuller also was stellar in his complete-game effort on the mound. In his five innings of work, he threw 74 pitches, struck out four, and allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks.

“Brooks threw outstanding,” Cimo said. “When he gets ahead and gets strike one, he’s hard to hit. He’s a competitor, he’s a leader and he’s the quarterback of the team. You just know he’s going to lead us and he did a great job leading us on the hill today.”

Auburn, which finished as the 7A state runner-up last season, heads into the postseason with a 21-9 record.

Auburn Softball Players Arrested

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Auburn softball players Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin and Brittany Maresette were arrested early yesterday morning, according to the Auburn Police Department. All three were charged with possession of marijuana in the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were arrested at 12:47 a.m. on East Samford Ave., approximately four hours after the team’s 7-3 victory over Kennesaw State. Possession of marijuana in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama and carries with it a sentence of not more than one year in jail and a fine of up to $6,000.

A university spokesperson told the Opelika-Auburn News that the three players did not make the trip with the team for this weekend’s series at South Carolina and have been suspended indefinitely.

No. 7 Auburn begins a three-game series at South Carolina on Friday night.

Police Search for Armed Robbery Suspect

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The Opelika Police Department is searching for a man who pointed a gun at a person Saturday and stole an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers received a report of a first-degree robbery of an individual in the 500 block of South Fourth Street.

 The victim reported he was standing near the roadway when a newer model, white Chevrolet pulled up beside him. He walked over to the vehicle at which point the driver pointed a firearm at him and demanded money. He then left the area and was last seen traveling north. The offender is described as a black male with braids.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call the Opelika Police Department’s Investigative Services Division at (334) 705-5220; or call the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665. Callers may remain anonymous.

Richard Spencer to Speak Tuesday Despite Auburn University’s Cancelation

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Hate-speech promoter and alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s vow to defy Auburn University’s cancellation of his planned event Tuesday night has led to a volley of calls to action by opposing factions that threaten to descend upon Auburn at the same time. Police and university officials are urging normal caution be observed for such political events, but they also are taking precautions “and will staff as appropriate to mitigate or address any issues or safety concerns.” Political activist groups from strongly opposite platforms spent yesterday encouraging their supporters to come to Auburn and participate in protests today. The event was planned for 6 p.m. Tonight, at James E. Foy Hall Spencer has said he will give a speech on the campus. That It is a public place. And think Auburn University is naive and has totally misunderstood him if they think he is going to politely back out of this. Auburn officials cited security concerns for canceling Spencer’s planned appearance. Auburn canceled the event based on legitimate concerns and credible evidence that it will jeopardize the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, confirmed his department is on standby to help if needed.