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Northeast sweeps to make 4A finals

By Staff
BREAK UP West Lauderdale's Hayley Scarborough breaks up the double play against Newton County's Krissi Harris in Tuesday's playoff action. Newton County advanced to the State 3-A finals. Photo by Paula Merritt/Meridian Star
By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Oct. 24, 2001
The Northeast Lauderdale Lady Trojans earned a berth in the Class 4A state championship series with a 6-1, 7-3 sweep of Lawrence County Tuesday at Monticello.
Northeast improved to 33-4 with the wins, while Lawrence County finished its season at 21-9. Lawrence had knocked Northeast out of the 2000 playoffs in the second round.
Northeast will play the New Hope Lady Trojans Saturday in a best-of-three series for the Class 4A state championship at the V.A. Fields in Jackson starting at 11 a.m. New Hope, 37-5, won the Meridian Community College tournament on Sept. 29, beating East Central (11-1), Clarkdale (15-5), Wayne County (17-6), Newton County (8-4), and New Hope (28-20).
In beating Lawrence County 6-1 in Tuesday's opener, Northeast had 14 hits and committed no errors.
Jana Olczak went 3-for-4, while Grace Ann Watkins, Amber Gray, and Blair Rawson each went 2-for-3. Lauren Webb went 2-for-4.
Rawson (32-4) was the winning pitcher.
Raleigh Odom went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Lady Trojans as they won the second game 7-3. Webb and Watkins both went 2-for-4, while Olczak, Rawson, Katie Bergin, and Jennifer Bristow each went 2-for-3.
Northeast had 16 hits and committed two errors.
Odom (33-4) was again the winning pitcher.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com or call him at 693-1551, ext. 3235.

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