The slow-pitch softball season is winding down for the four area schools that are members of the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the playoffs start on Tuesday.

Each round will consist of a best two-out-of-three series with all games being played at the same site on the same day.

Neshoba Central wrapped up its Region 4-5A championship and will host Warren Central in the first round. Union has clinched second place in its region and will be on the road against Region 5 winner East Webster.

Meanwhile, who goes to playoffs in Region 5-3A comes down to the wire for Choctaw Central and Philadelphia as they and Southeast Lauderdale battle to decide the two playoff spots.

Going into the final week, Choctaw Central is 4-0 in the region standings, thanks to a 4-1 win over Southeast Lauderdale and a 13-1 win over Philadelphia last week. The Lady Warriors were to visit Southeast Lauderdale on Tuesday and Philadelphia on Thursday. The Lady Tornadoes have split their two games with Southeast Lauderdale.

Neshoba Central clinched the region championship last week with a 6-1 win over Madison Central. The Lady Rockets also took two wins Saturday, beating West Lauderdale 7-2 and Clarkdale 12-2. The Lady Rockets entered the week with a 22-1 record. They have a full schedule this week as they host Union on Tuesday; visit Newton County on Thursday; and, then travel to Houston on Saturday for two games vs. Houston and Mooreville.

Though his team seems to be an early favorite to repeat as State champs, Neshoba Central Coach Trae Embry isn't buying it.

"We are playing good defense and getting good pitching," Embry said. "But we still aren't hitting the ball consistently. We still have plenty to work."

Embry pointed out that after the first round of the playoffs, the winner most likely faces New Hope in the second round on Saturday.

"They will be there," Embry said. "But we aren't thinking about them right now. We are taking them one game at a time, and right now we are finishing our season and getting ready for the first round of the playoffs.

- One final note from the Leake Academy fast-pitch season. Senior pitcher Chloe Thaggard was named district MVP and was to play in the Mississippi Independent Schools Association's AA-AAA all-star fast-pitch game on Wednesday. Coach Doug Jones said the entire Rebelette team was named all-district.