The Mississippi High School Activities Association’s state slow-pitch tournaments will get under way with first round play on October 6.

Teams have been divided into three divisions: Class I for class 1A and 2A teams; Class II for class 3A and 4A teams; and, Class III for Class 5A and 6A schools. The finals are set for Saturday, October 20 at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.

The weather has played havoc with some of the schedules of the four local teams playing. Here is a roundup for each.

 

Neshoba Central

The Lady Rockets picked up three victories last week. They have a busy schedule for this week with three dates set. On Saturday, they are slated to compete in the West Harrison tournament.

On Monday, they are slated to play a double-header at Lawrence County. Neshoba hosts Lake on Tuesday and hosts Choctaw Central on Thursday.

“This week will help us get into the routine of playing regularly again,” Coach Trae Embry said. “We are getting ready for the playoffs.”

The Lady Rockets open the week with a 11-0 record. Last week, they defeated Northwest Rankin 9-0, Lake 13-5 and Starkville 22-0.

The Lady Rockets knocked out 14 hits in their region win over Northwest Rankin. Hailey Billie and Lana Morris both hit a home run and single. Kylee Thompson hit a double and knocked in two runs while Hamaya Fielder had three hits. Jayda Ben and Tenley Grisham both hit a double.

Pitcher Elleigh Willis hit a grand slam and a double to pace the Lady Rockets past Lake. Thompson hit a home run and a single while Morris added a home run.  Tanna McClellan and Fielder hit a double while Grisham had three hits.

Neshoba Central turned their region game with Starkville into a home run derby. Billie and Grisham both hit two home runs each. Those hitting one home run were Anna Bell, Willis, Fielder, McClellan and Sa’Nya Jackson.

 

 Philadelphia

The Lady Tornadoes have four region games to play between now and the end of the season.

Philadelphia is in the same region with Union and Leake County. They are slated to host Union next Tuesday.

Over the weekend, the Lady Tornadoes were to play in the Leake Central tournament.

 

Union

The Lady Yellowjackets went 1-2 last week.

They defeated Raymond 12-0 but then were by Leake Central 8-7 and Ethel 16-7.

Union went up 9-0 in the first inning and held onto blank Raymond. Ansley Rigby was the winning pitcher. Camryn Holley and Anna Grace Blount both hit a pair of singles.

Leake Central scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to slip past Union. Dallas Brown and Kayleigh Vance both hit a double to lead Union.

 

Choctaw Central

The Lady Warriors entered the week with a 6-1 record.

They have three games scheduled for this week. They were to host Caledonia Tuesday, play Neshoba Central on Thursday, and visit Philadelphia on Saturday.

Last week, Choctaw Central swept a pair of games from Kosciusko. The Lady Warriors won the first game 4-2 which was played on Monday. On Thursday, they won 4-3.

In the first game, Choctaw Central held off a seventh inning rally to defeat Kosciusko.  Melanian Jimmie was the winning pitcher. The Lady Warriors had a 6-4 hitting edge. Kenaya Willis led with a double. Miley Billie and Maiya Joes both hit two singles.

The Lady Warriors rallied to score two in the fifth and knock off Kosciusko in the second game. Jimmie was the winning pitcher. Neera Bell led with a triple. Jimmie along with Maiya Joe, Lakylee Martin and Kenya Willis all hit a double.