3 local teams enter slow-pitch playoffs
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:00 AM
Three local teams open their postseason quests Tuesday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association's state slow-pitch softball tournaments.
Choctaw Central and Neshoba Central both won their respective regions and hosted first-round games on Tuesday. The Lady Rockets hosted Warren Central while the Lady Warriors entertained Morton. Union placed second in its region and was to play at East Webster.
In this tournament, all three games of the best two-out-of-three series will be decided on the same day and at the same site, weather permitting.
The winners were to advance to the second round of the tournament which will be held Saturday. The sites will be determined after the first round results are in. The North and South half tournament games will be played the following Tuesday, and the state championship games will be played Saturday at Freedom Park in Ridgeland.
Choctaw Central enters the tournament with a 22-5 record. The Lady Warriors beat Southeast Lauderdale 10-5 last week but lost to Philadelphia 11-9. That left the region standings in a three-way tie and Choctaw Central took the top seed out of the region because of an earlier win over Philadelphia. Should they beat Morton, the Lady Warriors will play the winner between Wesson and St. Patrick. Southeast Lauderdale, the defending state champion, enters as the second seed and opens tournament play at Raleigh.
Neshoba Central entered the 5A-6A post season tournament with a 26-1 record. The Lady Rockets wrapped up the regular season last week with a 16-2 win over Newton County on Thursday, and the two wins Saturday as they bested Houston 22-3 and Mooreville 17-0. The winner between Warren Central and Neshoba Central will most likely be playing New Hope on Saturday.
Union finished with a 7-14 record.
Union wrapped up its regular season with a 6-5 win over Sebastopol on Saturday.