MHSAA Fast-Pitch Championships
At Ridgeland, Freedom Ridge Park
North Pontotoc vs. Newton County
- Schedule: 1 p.m. today; 11 a.m. Saturday
North Pontotoc (28-5)
- Players to watch: C Brittany Seale .453 ba, 44 rbi; 3B Courtney Quillian .372 ba; P Brianna Gable 16-2, 1.46
era Newton County (32-2)
- Players to watch: P Emily Davis 13-0; P Darby Bishop 10-0; INF/C Ashton Lampton .565, 40 RBI
- Fast-pitch fact: North Pontotoc is the defending state champion while Newton County has multiple championships to their name.
Nettleton vs. St. Patrick
- Schedule: 10 a.m., Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday
- Players to watch: INF Mackenzie Hawkins .443 ba, 23 rbi; C Hayley Parker .456 ba, 5 HR; P Michele Hester 18-1, 0.39 ERA St. Patrick (23-5)
- Players to watch: P/INF Jennifer Gary .395 ba, 47 rbi, 9 HR; OF Elizabeth Zorich .506 ba, 23 RBI; P Kaitlin Lee 14-2, 1.26 era, 83 K.
- Fast-pitch fact: Chris Kidd, the coach of defending state champion Nettleton, will retire from coaching following the season.
East Webster vs. Enterprise-Clarke
- Schedule: 1 p.m. today; 11 a.m.
East Webster (20-6)
- Players to watch: P Swayze Hollenhead 20-6, .433 ba; SS Clayley McClellen .300 ba; 1B Bailey Williams
- Players to watch: P Hayleigh Harper 20-3, 167 K; OF Morgan Porter .422 ba, 34 RBI; INF Randa Mathis .318 ba, 33 RBI
- Fast-pitch fact: Enterprise-Clarke swept Hatley in the state finals last season.
West Union vs. Bogue Chitto
- Schedule: 1 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday
West Union (18-9)
- Players to watch: P Danielle Taylor 14-4, 0.82 era, 104 K; 1B Julianna Garner .409 ba, 22 RBI; C Leah Paige Goolsby .360 ba, 22 RBI Bogue Chitto (21-7)
- Players to watch: P Rheagan Welch 10-1, 2.64 era; C Josie Porter .481 ba, 30 rbi; INF/OF Adrienne Wallace .425 ba, 45 rbi
- Fast-pitch fact: Bogue Chitto came back from a 1-0 playoff deficit last year to beat Smithville for the state title.
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