You don't have to go far to see good softball this week.

Local rivals Neshoba Central and Philadelphia High School meet Thursday night at Burnside Park. The varsity game starts at 6 p.m. Neshoba Central opens regular slow-pitch season play Tuesday at Union while the Lady Tornadoes are at Sebastopol.

Choctaw Central, which made it to the South State slow-pitch finals last season, is looking to take their season one step further this year. The Lady Warriors have two home games this week.

All of these teams played two classic games last week while Leake Academy is rolling past the competition in the Mississippi Independent Schools Association's fast-pitch.

Local Records:

* Leake Academy 6-0

Choctaw Central 2-0

Neshoba Central 2-0

Philadelphia 0-2

Union 1-1

* Leake Academy is playing fast-pitch

This week's games:


Louisville at Choctaw Central

Neshoba Central at Union

Philadelphia at Sebastopol

Leake Academy at Tri County


Neshoba Central at Philadelphia

Leake Academy at Manchester

Meridian High at Choctaw Central

Enterprise at Union


Choctaw Central vs. Sebastopol (10:30 a.m.) and vs. Noxapater (noon) in the Leake Central tournament.

Leake Academy in Parklane Tournament.

Choctaw Central

The Lady Warriors put some runs on the scoreboard during their two slow-pitch classic games at Kosciusko.

Choctaw Central defeated Winona 17-0 and Leake Central 10-4 on Saturday.

"It's a great start but we have to keep working and improving," Coach Aaron Terrell said. "We have to keep improving every week and this was just the start."

Tiara Joe was the winning pitcher in both games.

The Lady Warriors scored seven runs in the first inning and 10 in the second inning as they blew away Winona in the first game.

Gu'yu'eze Morris led the Lady Warriors with a double and a single while Jada Sockey and Raina King both added two singles.

The Lady Warriors pulled away from Leake Central in the late innings. Choctaw Central scored two in the first, five in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Leake Central scored one in the third, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

LaShayla McMillan led with a double and a single while Joe and King both added two singles.

The following is the Choctaw Central 2013 slow-pitch schedule.

Aug. 17 - defeated Winona 17-0 and Leake Central 10-4 in Kosciusko Classic

Aug. 20 - Louisville

Aug. 22 - Meridian High

Aug. 24 - Leake Central tournament

Aug. 27 - at Meridian High

Aug. 29 - Sebastopol

Sept. 3 - at Sebastopol

Sept. 7 - Meridian High tournament

Sept. 9 - at Raleigh

Sept. 10 - Leake Central

Sept. 14 - New Albany tournament

Sept. 16 - Quitman

Sept. 17 - Velma Jackson

Sept. 21 - Houston tournament

Sept. 24 - Southeast Lauderdale

Sept. 26 - at Louisville

Oct. 1 - Philadelphia

Oct. 3 - Kosciusko

Oct. 8 0 at Southeast Lauderdale

Oct. 10 - at Philadelphia

Leake Academy

The Rebelettes only got one game in last week as they defeated Winston Academy 10-1 in fast-pitch softball action.

Leake Academy's road game with Manchester was rained out and will be made up Thursday. The Rebelettes were to have traveled Tri-County on Tuesday and will play this Saturday in the Parklane Academy tournament.

"I'm not sure who we will play," Coach Doug Jones said. "We usually play AAA teams in the Parklane tournament."

It was the fourth time this season the Rebelettes played (and defeated) Winston Academy as they improved to 6-0.

Leake Academy scored two in the first, five in the third and three in the sixth. Winston scored its run in the first inning.

The Rebelettes had a 12-2 hitting edge. Katie Webb led the way with a home run and a double. Robekah Roberson had three hits, Annika Jones added a double and a single, and Chloe Thaggard had two hits. Thaggard was the winning pitcher and had 10 strikeouts.

Neshoba Central

The Lady Rockets won both of their games in the Newton County classic on Saturday.

Neshoba Central started off with a 6-3 win over Petal, and then claimed a 12-3 victory over Clarkdale.

In the Petal game, the Lady Rockets tied the game at 3-3 and then scored another three runs to take the victory. Mallory Tucker was the winning pitcher. Kayla Willis went two-for-three for the Lady Rockets while Hannah Williams and Kayla Robertson both added two hits.

The Lady Rockets led Clarkdale 5-3 in the fifth inning and then exploded for seven runs in the sixth to ice the win. Mashay Jimmie was the winning pitcher. Madalyn McMahon went three-for-four to lead Neshoba Central. Katlyn Duke and Williams both added two hits. Jimmie scored a run and had two hits.


The Philadelphia girls dropped a pair of games in the Newton County Classic Saturday, falling 6-1 to West Lauderdale and 7-6 to Clarkdale.

"We didn't play that well in the first game," Coach Austin McNair said. "When you only get two hits, you don't win many games. We played better in the second game. We have a big week coming up."

Sophomore Kambresha Griffin was the pitcher in both games.

The Lady Tornadoes scored their only run in the second inning. West Lauderdale answered with one in the first, two in the fourth and three in the sixth. Jada White had both of Philadelphia's hits.

The Lady Tornadoes went down to the wire with Clarkdale. Philadelphia scored two in the first, one in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Clarkdale answered with one in the first, four in the third and two in the sixth.

Both teams had 11 hits. Alyssa Davis went three-for-four with a triple. Autumn Davis added three hits while Marsha Hunt and Sydney Battle both added a double.


The Union Lady Yellowjacket slow-pitch team feels they have something to prove this year and they started by going 1-1 in the Newton Classic.

Union won their first game over Meridian High School 7-6 and then lost a 2-1 decision to Northwest Rankin.

"We played hard and showed that we have made a lot of progress since last year," Coach Jason Casey said. "I was proud of our win and the way we played in both games. But I'm disappointed we didn't win both games because we played hard enough to do so."

In their first game against Meridian High, the Lady Yellowjackets scored all seven of their runs in the second inning. Meridian answered with four in the first, one in the third and one in the sixth. Both teams had eight hits. Cassie Smith and Keri Ann Mayfield both had two hits.

Northwest Rankin scored two runs in the second inning and held on for the win. Union's run came in the fourth. Union finished with seven hits. Kristen Kennedy and Averi Pender both had two hits.

Union opens Region 5-2A competition Thursday at home against Enterprise.