Softball Preview: State Championship Series

By Brandon Speck and Melissa Meador

Saturday at Freedom Park, Ridgeland

(Best-of-three series)

CLASS 4A
CORINTH (26-8) NEWTON COUNTY (31-1)
Times: Game 1, 12:30 p.m.; Game 2, 3:30 p.m.; Game 3, if needed TBA

Corinth Lineup
C Rebekah Williams, P Elizabeth Williams, 1B Haley Christian, 2B Bailee Kramer, SS Stennett Smith, 3B Colby Cox, OF Jamia Kirk, OF Portia Patterson, OF Anna Kayte Webb,OF Katie Vandiver

Corinth Leaders
Kramer .563 ba, 2 HR, 59 RBI

Smith .561 ba, 11 HR, 47 RBI

Patterson .462 ba, 5 HR

R. Williams .446 ba, 4 HR

The Buzz
Newton County, a 6-time state champion, swept Corinth last season to win its second consecutive state title. … Corinth’s Smith has drawn 23
intentional walks. … The Lady Warriors beat Houston in 3
games to win the North. … Newton County swept West Lauderdale to win the South.

CLASS 3A
SOUTH PONTOTOC (23-11) vs. SE LAUDERDALE (23-8)

Times: Game 1, 12:30 p.m.; Game 2, 3:30 p.m.; Game 3, if needed TBA

South Pontotoc Lineup
C Lindsy Jaggers, P CC Costilow, 1B Katelyn Freguson, 2B Kaitlyn Cox, SS Mackenzie Denon, 3B Shelby Luther,OF Heather Berry, OF Eden Bowen, OF Lacy Higgins, OF Breanna Kitchens

South Pontotoc Leaders
Kitchens .505, 4 HR, 34 RBI

Costilow .451 ba, 3 HR, 30 RBI

Ferguson .427 ba, 3 HR, 27 RBI

Cox .376, 10 2B, 25 RBI

The Buzz

South Pontotoc’s Lady Cougars knocked off defending state champ Nettleton in two games – 1-0, 5-4 – to earn first trip to finals. … Cougars’
Cox went 5 for 6 in Nettleton series. … SE Lauderdale lost in the title series last season to Nettleton. … SE swept Choctaw Central in the South finals.

CLASS 2A
HAMILTON (25-7) vs. ENTERPRISE-CLARKE (19-11)

Times: Game 1, 11 a.m.; Game 2, 2 p.m.; Game 3, if needed TBA

Hamilton Lineup
C Mary Willis, P Ali Atkins, 1B Christy Willis, 2B Addie Thompson, SS Taylor Hyland, 3B Jordyn Jackson, OF Cheyenne Logan, OF Myiah Dobbs, OF Raimi Bryan, OF Hallie Dobbs

Hamilton Leaders
M. Willis .575 ba, 7 HR, 32 RBI

Atkins .531 ba, 5 HR, 22 RBI

Logan .372 ba, 9 HR, 38 RBI

Hyland .479 ba, 4 HR, 29 RBI

C. Willis .357 ba, 6 HR, 41 RBI

The Buzz
Hamilton has won four state championships – 1993, ’94, 2004 and ’09. … Current coach Lewis Earnest led the Lions to their last two state titles. … Atkins went 5 for 8 with 3 RBI in Lions’ semifinals sweep of Baldwyn. … Enterprise eliminated East Webster in South semifinals.

CLASS 1A
SMITHVILLE (22-11) vs. SEBASTOPOL (18-9)

Times: Game 1, 11 a.m.; Game 2, 2 p.m.; Game 3, if
needed TBA

Smithville Lineup

C Claire McNeese, P Ashtyn Hensley, 1B Kyla Ford, 2B Macy McCain, SS Lane Kennedy, 3B Breanna Edgeworth, OF Laken Armstrong, OF Angel Guyton, OF Billie Claire Goode, OF Katie Beth Williams

Smithville Leaders
Edgeworth .581, 9 HR, 41 RBI

Ford .529 ba

Hensley .436 ba

Kennedy .405 ba, 37 runs

The Buzz
The Lady Seminoles, who won their first slow-pitch state title in 2008, have won back-to-back slow-pitch and fastpitch titles. … Smithville swept
West Union to reach the championship series. … Ford is the
lone senior in the Lady Noles’ lineup. …Sebastopol beat Nanih Waiya in the South finals.