Lady Rockets ready for playoffs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00 AM
With the state playoffs nearing, the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets continued their "one game at a time" approach as they rolled up another three wins.
Neshoba Central carried a 23-2 record into their final game of the regular season Tuesday. They were to take on Germantown with the Region 3-5A championship on the line. Germantown had defeated the Lady Rockets earlier this season and Neshoba Central had to win its Tuesday meeting for four runs or more to win the district championship.
If they win the region, the Lady Rockets would get a first round bye. If they don't, they will be playing Thursday in a play-in series.
"We'll just see how it goes," said Neshoba Central Coach Trae Embry who led the Lady Rockets to last year's fast-pitch Class 5A state championship. "We are playing well. We are in the playoffs. We'll be ready where ever we land."
Last week, Neshoba Central defeated Newton County 7-6 and Petal 8-1. On Monday night, they defeated Northeast Lauderdale 12-1.
Neshoba Central 7
Newton County 6
The Lady Rockets held off a late inning rally to defeat Newton County.
Neshoba Central scored two in the first, two in the second and three in the sixth. Newton County scored two in the first and four in the seventh.
Aspen Wesley was the winning pitcher. The seventh grader recorded 12 strike outs.
The Lady Rockets had a 17-5 hitting edge. Madalyn McMahon hit a home run and a single while Hailey Lunderman added a triple and two singles. Hannah Williams had three hits and Ali Pike hit a double. Kayla Robertson, Kayla McKinion and Kaila Willis all had two hits.
Neshoba Central 8
The Lady Rockets took the early lead and held on for their win over Petal.
Neshoba Central scored four in the first, three in the second and one in the fifth. Petal scored its run in the fifth.
Wesley was the winning pitcher. She had eight strike outs.
The Lady Rockets finished with a 4-3 hitting edge. Williams had two hits and Lunderman hit a triple.
Neshoba Central 12
NE Lauderdale 1
The Lady Rockets pounded out 12 hits to take a 12-1 victory over Northeast Lauderdale Monday night.
Neshoba Central scored one in the third, four in the fourth and seven in the fifth. The Lady Trojans scored their run in the second inning.
McKinion was the winning pitcher. Meg Martin also saw some pitching time on the mound.
McMahon hit two doubles and brought in four runs. Robertson had three hits while Lunderman and Willis had two hits.