4/30/2014 6:00:00 AM Lady Rockets enter state playoffs
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets wrapped up their Region 3-5A championship last Tuesday and enjoyed a first round bye in the State Fast-pitch playoffs.
Weather permitting, the Lady Rockets were to be in action against Oxford Monday and Tuesday. They were to visit Oxford for one game on Monday and host Oxford for game two and three, if necessary.
Neshoba Central entered the week with a 24-2 record following their 5-1 win over Germantown.
Germantown had beaten the Lady Rockets 9-5 in an earlier meeting and the Lady Rockets had to match that margin or do better to earn the first round bye.
"We did what we had to do," Coach Trae Embry said. "We left some runners on base but we got the job done."
Neshoba Central scored four in the third and one in the fourth. Germantown's run came in the fifth inning.
Aspen Wesley was the winning pitcher. She had eight strike outs while giving up one walk and two hits.
Wesley helped her cause at the plate as she had two hits. Kayla McKinion added a double and a single and one RBI. Hailey Lunderman hit a single and brought in one run and Hannah Williams hit a single.
The Lady Rockets are entering the playoffs as the defending state champions. Embry compared this year's team to last year's squad at this point.
"We are pretty much the same team," Embry said. "We have most of our players back and they are a year old and have another year of experience. We also have some younger players that have moved up. We are in a good position."
The winner of the Neshoba Central-Oxford series will move on to play the winner of the Lake Cormorant-Saltillo series later this week.
"All we are thinking about is the next game," Embry said. "Oxford has a good pitcher and they are hitting the ball well. We have to take care of the next game."