Neshoba Central's Hailey Lunderman will be playing on the North team Saturday in the Mississippi Fast-Pitch All-Star Game which will be held at Jones County Junior College in
Neshoba Central's Hailey Lunderman will be playing on the North team Saturday in the Mississippi Fast-Pitch All-Star Game which will be held at Jones County Junior College in
Neshoba Central's Hailey Lunderman has one more high school game to play in her junior season with the Lady Rockets.

Mississippi's reigning Miss Softball will be playing on the North team this Saturday afternoon in the Mississippi Association of Coaches' Class 4A-5A-6A fast-pitch all-star game which will be held at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. This game puts the spotlight on the state's upcoming senior class.

"I am supposed to report on Thursday," Lunderman said. "I'm looking forward to it. When you get as much talent together as the ones who will be there, it should be a lot of fun.

"I know some of the girls who are going to be playing but I'm not sure who is going to be on which team. We will see when I get there."

She said she wasn't sure which position they would put her at. "Probably shortstop, but I'm ready for where ever they play me," Lunderman said. Lunderman has been part of the Neshoba Central softball program that has won two state championships in fast-pitch and two state championships in slow-pitch over the past two years.

"I didn't know if we would win it the first year," Lunderman said. "But it came together for us over the last two years.

"I'm looking forward to playing my senior season. This summer, I am playing on a traveling team out of Gulfport. We play just about every weekend until the end of July and the start of slow-pitch."

Lunderman finished her junior season with a batting average of .626, according to Max Preps. She had 62 hits and scored 56 runs. She stole 26 bases while hitting nine doubles, 10 triples and three home runs.

"Hailey is a great person and a hard worker," Neshoba Central Coach Trae Embry said. "She works hard each day to improve her game. She also works hard in the class room and is an outstanding student. She is a great player who is a joy to coach and be around."

Lunderman was born and raised in Neshoba County. She said she has been playing softball since she was big enough to pick up a bat. She started playing in the Park leagues and started playing traveling ball when she was seven years old.
Lunderman said that after high school, she has committed to play college softball for Ole Miss. While she hasn't decided on a major, she expressed interest in going into physical therapy.

Lunderman not only plays fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball, but she is also on the basketball team and plans to play again her senior season.