High School Sports: Full slate of big games tonight

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

Several area baseball and softball teams will be trying to keep their seasons alive in games tonight.
The deciding Game 3 of the MHSAA Class 2A baseball series is tonight, as Hatley visits East Union.
It’s been a strange series thus far, with each winning on a road shutout.
It will be the fifth game this season between the division foes, who also met in this round last season.
“Typical East Union, Hatley,” Hatley coach John Harris said. “At this point, it’s who wants it more. We know each other. It’s not going to be any secrets.”
The winner of that series advances to play the Baldwyn-Calhoun City winner in the state semifinals.
In Class 3A, Alcorn Central is facing a 1-0 series deficit to Independence and Houston goes to Lewisburg for Game 3 of the quarterfinals series.
Some softball teams are playing the deciding game – or games – of their North finals series tonight, with state championship series this weekend in Ridgeland.
Traditional power Nettleton will just be getting started tonight, opening a 3A North finals series at home against Mooreville, which was delayed several times in beating Kossuth.
First pitch is at 5 p.m.
Nettleton hasn’t played since last Tuesday and has had only six games since April 19 due to weather.
“I felt like the last week of the regular season we started to peak a little bit,” Nettleton coach Dana Rhea said. “It’s kind of hard to maintain that. The girls are excited … ready to play.”
West Union won its Class 1A opener and can wrap up at home against Smithville. Baldwyn, down a game, hosts East Webster in 2A.
In 4A, Houston got past Corinth on Saturday.

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