Strong teams miss softball playoffs

prep_icon_greenBy Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

When the MHSAA fastpitch softball playoffs start today, there will be some teams who aren’t really good enough to have earned the mandatory three-seed.

It will show in quick two-game blowout sweeps.

Division 1 teams Amory, Itawamba AHS and Tishomingo County all made the Class 4A playoffs. Pontotoc and Corinth did not, but Amory coach Amir Hunt says they should have.

“It’s really sad that you’ve got teams, and I’ll say this, that you’ve got teams in the Delta that are going to make the playoffs and you’ve got two teams here in our division that are going to sit at home,” Hunt said.

Example: In 2011, Smithville beat Coldwater in a two-game sweep, a combined 34-0. Coldwater’s record after the sweep: 0-4. Coldwater was in a division with only the amount of teams required to earn playoff berths.

“Our division is one of the toughest around,” Pontotoc coach Jessica Seger said. “Hands down, you’ve got five legitimate teams that should be in the playoffs, but two are going home, sadly, but surely.”

Pontotoc’s loss against Amory on Tuesday ended the Lady Warriors’ season, losing a tiebreak for the third spot with Tishomingo County. Corinth finished a game back. The tough division beat each other up.

Corinth and Pontotoc split. Corinth and Itwamba split. Corinth swept Tish-omingo County. Pontotoc split with both Amory and Itawamba.

Hunt advocates a formula such as the one MaxPreps uses to rank teams after eight weeks of the season.

“Our five teams, Amory, Tish, Pontotoc, Corinth, Itawamba, they’re in the top 14 in the state,” Hunt said.

“We’re well-represented with the three teams we send, but there’s more representation with the teams sitting at home watching other 4A teams play.”

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  • Renea Fleming

    correction: Corinth made the third spot not Tish.