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LSU is the choice of most Miss-Lou high school baseball coaches to capture its sixth College World Series championship.
Southern Mississippi is the sentimental choice of Vidalia head baseball coach Johnny Lee Hoffpauir, whose two sons, Josh and Jarrett, played for the Golden Eagles.
"But I've always pulled for the underdog. I don't care who it is," Hoffpauir said. "I wouldn't be surprised to see LSU and Texas in the finals. Texas looks good and has been there and LSU has a great resume. And you can't rule out Cal State Fullerton or North Carolina. I don't usually get to watch a lot of the World Series, but I will be watching this year."
Former Huntington and current Trinity baseball coach Mitch Ashmore said he's biased, but still likes LSU.
"I think winning six games in five days in the SEC, winning the regional and then Super Regional was impressive and I wouldn't bet against them," Ashmore said. "I think they have a really good shot, especially after being there last year. They are well-prepared and have good starting pitchers. You certainly cannot rule out Augie Garrido and Texas. He's certainly been there before."
"I've got to go with the Tigers," said Cathedral baseball coach Craig Beesley. "They are playing good baseball and have a good group of players. I am worried about that first game against Virginia (Saturday at 6 p.m.) because their pitching staff is pertty good."
Vidalia assistant baseball coach Gary Paul Parnham said the World Series is up for grabs.
"Everybody there is good," Parnham said. "North Carolina is going to be hard to be, but I have to go with LSU. Their pitchers have got to continue to pitch very well and they need timely hitting to make it all the way."
Huntington baseball coach Leo Eliser believes it will be LSU against Texas in the championship game.
"Texas has a couple of freshmen pitchers who can hold their own," Eliser said. "I like the way LSU is hitting the ball. In their two games against Rice they handled themselves well."
Ferriday High head baseball coach George Barnes likes LSU's chances, as well.
"They hit the ball and have good pitching," Barnes said.
Former South Natchez, Natchez High and Adams County Christian School head baseball coach Buddy Wade, who is headmaster at ACCS, said he likes LSU, "but I don't see a anybody with a pitcher who goes out and shuts folks down."
Wade said he feels the tournament is wide open.
"I would like to see Southern Miss or Virginia get to the finals since this is there first time. That would be a great story. They both have played well at the end, and that's what it is all about."
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