Lady Rockets going after ninth straight championship
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets will be playing for their ninth straight Class 5A Fast-pitch state championship and the 11th in school history this week when they take on East Central at the University of Southern Mississippi softball field in Hattiesburg.
This a rematch of last year’s state championship matchup. The Lady Rockets won 7-3, 14-2 last year.
Neshoba Central improved to 29-3 when it claimed its ninth straight North State Championship this past weekend by sweeping New Hope 7-1, 9-0. East Central enters the championship round with a 23-7 record. The Lady Hornets swept George County 5-4, 2-1 to win the South State championship.
All six of the state championship games are being played at USM this week. The two teams were to have played the first game Tuesday. The second game will be Wednesday. It will be the fourth game of the night. The first game of the day will be played at 1 p.m. The next game will be played 30 minutes afterwards and so on.
Good pitching and a stingy defense was the key to the Lady Rockets’ North State championship sweep. Freshman pitcher Lanayah Henry pitched back-to-back victories. She allowed two hits in the first game and one hit in the second game while striking out in both games.
“Henry has really stepped up for us,” Coach Zach Sanders said. “She has given us the opportunity to win games.
“Our defense is really stepping up,” Sanders added. “We are playing better defense than we have. Our girls have put together at the right time.”
Neshoba Central 7
New Hope 1
The Lady Rockets kept up a steady offensive attack as they knocked of New Hope in game one.
Neshoba Central scored one in the third, three in the fifth and three in the seventh. New Hope’s run came in the sixth inning.
Mauhree Jones paced the Lady Rockets with a home run. Sa’Nya Jackson had two hits and knocked in two runs while Tenly Grisham, Charmayne Morris and Henry all had one hit.
Neshoba Central 9
New Hope 0
It was more of the same in game two as the Lady Rockets pounded out 11 hits to advance to the state finals.
Neshoba Central scored four in the first, three in the third and two in the sixth,
Jones hit a home run. She scored two runs and knocked in four more. Mya Willis hit a triple and a double. She scored two runs. Jackson hit a double and a single. She scored one run and knocked in another. Morris hit a triple and a single. She scored one run. Grisham had two hits and knocked in a run. Henry had one hit.