The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets will enter the Class 5A state fast-pitch playoffs this weekend as the No. 2 team out of Region 3-5A.

The Lady Rockets dropped a 4-1 decision to New Hope Monday night, their second region loss this season to the Lady Trojans.

"We were disappointed but now we have to get ready to play Center Hill," Coach Tre Embry said. "New Hope's pitcher was throwing fast. We could get base runners but we couldn't put any hits together.

"We don't know much about Center Hill but we will be on the road Friday. They are up close to the Tennessee line."

New Hope scored three in the third and three in the sixth while the Lady Rockets scored their run in the top of the sixth. New Hope had a 10-5 edge at the plate.

Mallory Tucker, Kayla Robertson, Kayla McKinion, Katlyn Duke and Ali Pike all had a hit for Neshoba Central.

The Lady Rockets enter the playoffs with a 20-4 record. Last week, they dropped an 8-6 decision toe Newton County and defeated Starkville 15-1.

Errors in the late innings proved to be the Lady Rockets' downfall against Newton County. The Lady Rockets scored three in the first, one in the second and two in the fifth. Newton County answered with three in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth and three in the sixth.

Robertson led the Lady Rockets with a triple, a single and two RBIs. McKinion, Madalyn McMahon, Meg Martin, Tucker and Kaila Willis all hit a single. McKinion was the losing pitcher.

The Lady Rockets dominated Starkville, scoring four in the first, five in the second and six in the third. Starkville's run came in the second inning.

Duke led with two triples, a single and five RBIs. Robertson added two singles and three RBIs. Hailey Lunderman, Maggie Peebles, McMahon, McKinion and Willis all added a hit.