Local Athletics

Published on May 28th, 2015 | by Carver Rayburn


Oxford High Chargers Claim First 5A State Baseball Championship

Oxford, Miss. (TLV) – The Oxford Chargers completed their dream season a week ago by winning the MHSAA 5A State Championship in baseball for the first time in program history. The school won a State Title in baseball in 2005, in Class 4A.

OHSphotoTaylorLed on the mound by the junior duo of Jason Barber and Houston Roth, the Chargers’ pitching staff combined to produce a team ERA of 0.95 over the course of 36 games beginning way back in February of this year. Barber went an unbelievable 12–0 while never allowing an earned run. Roth produced a strong 9–1 record with a 1.26 ERA. Both Barber and Roth are committed to Ole Miss.

The offense wasn’t too shabby either. As a team, the Chargers batted .336, scoring 296 runs on 315 hits for an average of 8.2 runs per game. It’s simple really. If you average over eight runs per game and average giving up less than one run per, you are going to win and win a lot.

Senior Jack McClure led the Chargers at the plate with a .446 batting average, 24 RBI and three homers.

The Chargers finished the season with a record of 36–1 with the only loss coming in a 1–0 fall to New Hope in the second game of the North State Championship. The Chargers won the third game to advance to the State Championship where they dismantled 4–0 and 9-0. The Local Voice Ligature

This article was printed in The Local Voice #230 (published May 28, 2015).
To download the PDF of this issue, click here.

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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.

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