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Prep softball playoffs begin Thursday

By By Marty Stamper / staff writer
October 6, 2004
First-round series in the MHSAA slow-pitch softball state tournament get under way on Thursday for Classes 1A-4A.
Class 5A won't begin play until Tuesday, when the remaining four classes start their second round.
Fourteen area teams have qualified for the playoffs, each of which will be a best-of-three series with all the games in each series slated to be played on Thursday.
A pair of area defending state champions West Lauderdale in Class 3A and Union in Class 1A have a chance to repeat.
In Class 1A, Union (20-6) hosts Ray Brooks at 5 p.m. at Laird Park. Ranked No. 15 in the state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the defending Class 1A state champion Lady Jackets have wins over No. 2 Clarkdale and No. 12 Neshoba Central to their credit. Their four losses were to No. 4 West Lauderdale (twice), and once each to No. 3 New Hope, Clarkdale, Neshoba Central, and East Webster. Union won Division 6-1A.
West Lauderdale hosts Magee at 5 p.m. at the Richard May Complex in Collinsville. The Lady Knights are 22-4. Their losses have come to Clarkdale, Meridian, Moss Point, and Newton County. The Lady Knights are the Division 5-3A champions.
Also in Class 3A, Division 5-3A runner-up Southeast Lauderdale (19-11) will host Raleigh at 5 p.m.
Clarkdale was the Class 2A state runner-up last fall. The Lady Bulldogs (22-4) host Piney Woods at 5 p.m. as they look to return to Jackson. Clarkdale won Division 5-2A.
Northeast Lauderdale's 13-15 Lady Trojans will be early risers as they will leave at 7 a.m. for the long trek to Indianola to take on Gentry in a series beginning at noon since Gentry's field has no lights.
In other Class 4A action, Neshoba Central's 19-6 Lady Rockets will host Greenwood at 5 p.m. The Lady Rockets finished the regular season with a seven-game win streak. Neshoba finished second to New Hope in Division 2-4A.
Quitman, the Division 5-4A champion, was scheduled to host Jackson Wingfield, but the MHSAA has awarded the Lady Panthers a bye since Wingfield's team folded after several players quit recently. Whether it counts as Quitman hosting a first-round series as it did Mize a year ago remains to be seen.
Philadelphia's 13-8 Lady Tornadoes open at home at 5 p.m. against McLaurin. Philadelphia finished runner-up to Clarkdale in Division 5-2A.
Also in Class 2A, Enterprise goes to Wesson and Newton (5-14) travels to Ridgeland to take on St. Andrew's (26-2). Newton and St. Andrew's square off at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Saints' losses were to Newton County and Florence. St. Andrew's sewed up its division championship with a 7-3 win over Wesson Tuesday night.
In other Class 3A series, Newton County (16-11) travels to Collins for a 5 p.m. opener, while Choctaw Central (6-11) goes to Richland with first pitch slated for 5:30 p.m.
Meridian's 16-9 Lady Wildcats are off until Tuesday when they host Natchez at 4 p.m. at Northeast Park.
The final matchup has Noxapater going to Houlka for a 5 p.m. series in Class 1A.
Each series is best-of-three.
First-round pairings
Thursday
Class 1A
Ray Brooks at Union (20-6), 5 p.m.
Noxapater at Houlka, 5 p.m.
Class 2A
Piney Woods at Clarkdale (21-4), 5 p.m.
McLaurin at Philadelphia (13-8), 5 p.m.
Enterprise at Wesson, TBA
Newton (5-14) at St. Andrew's (26-2), 4:30 p.m.
Class 3A
Magee at West Lauderdale (22-4), 5 p.m.
Raleigh at Southeast Lauderdale (19-11), 5 p.m.
Newton County (16-11) at Collins, 5 p.m.
Choctaw Central (6-11) at Richland, 5:30 p.m.
Class 4A
Greenwood at Neshoba Central (19-6), 5 p.m.
Northeast Lauderdale (14-15) at Indianola Gentry, noon
Jackson Wingfield at Quitman (14-10) (Wingfield team has folded due to lack of players.)
Second-round pairings
Oct. 12
Classes 1A-4A
To be determined based on Thursday's results
Class 5A
Natchez at Meridian (16-9), 4 p.m.

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