Local teams well represented in playoffs
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:00 AM
Four local softball teams and three baseball teams gave qualified for the upcoming state playoffs.
The girls fast-pitch softball playoffs get under way Friday while the prep baseball playoffs start Friday, April 26.
The top three teams in each region qualify for the playoffs. The first place teams get a first round bye. The third place teams will host the first game while the second teams host games two and three, if necessary, on Saturday.
The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes, who entered the week with a 20-4 record, wrapped up the Region 5-3A. The Lady Tornadoes close out the regular season at Choctaw Central on Thursday and will play a couple of extra games Saturday at Newton County against Nanih Waiya at 10 a.m. and the host Lady Cougars at 2 p.m.
The Neshoba Central girls are the second place team in their region after losing a 4-1 decision to New Hope Monday night. They travel to Center Hill on Friday and will be home Saturday for games two and three, if necessary.
Choctaw Central has also clinched a place in the Class 3A playoffs. Whether they go in as the No. 2 team or the No. 3 team will be decided Thursday when they host Philadelphia.
The Union girls finished as the No. 2 team in Region 6-2A. They will be on the road Friday and home on Saturday.
Neshoba Central has clinched a place in the Class 5A state playoffs. They were to play at Yazoo City Tuesday in a game that will determine whether they are the No. 1 team or the No. 2 team out of Region 3-5A.
Philadelphia has qualified as the third place team out of Region 5-3A.
The Union Yellowjackets earned a third place entry into the Class 2A playoffs, thanks to a split with Lake last week. They will open the playoffs at home on April 26, and go on the road for games two and three, if necessary, on Saturday.