Weather, tests play havoc with High School playoffs

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

The 2012 Mississippi High School Activities Association baseball and fastpitch softball playoffs are scheduled to begin today … in most cases.
According to the MHSAA’s playoff schedule, second and third division seeds host “play-in” series today and Saturday. The division winners received byes to the second round.
However, some softball teams have yet to complete their division games because of Tuesday’s rain. For example, Corinth rolled through Division 1-4A unbeaten (10-0) to clinch the top seed. However, as of Thursday night, Amory, Itawamba AHS, Pontotoc and Tishomingo County were battling for the division’s second and third playoff seeds.
Pontotoc, IAHS and Tishomingo County all play games today that could affect scheduling. Obviously, today’s games will delay the start of the two respective playoff series until Saturday and Monday.
“You just have to deal with it,” MHSAA District I supervisor Larry Williams said of the weather delays. “If rain got them behind, it’s the only choice you’ve got.”
Corinth coach Janna LaBarreare’s top-seeded team wrapped up its regular season Thursday with an 11-10 win over IAHS.
“We started the season slow, but we’ve played well since spring break,” she said.
The 19-9 Lady Warriors, a newcomer in 4A this season, lost to Mooreville last year in the second round of the 3A state playoffs. They are led by outfielder Portia Patterson and pitcher Stennett Smith.
Corinth will play the winner of the North Pontotoc-Germantown play-in series.
BASEBALL MOVED UP
The MHSAA announced Thursday a change in the playing dates for next week’s baseball playoffs in order to not interfere with state testing, scheduled to begin May 1.
The second round will be played April 26-28, instead of April 27 and 28, and April 30.
“That happens from time to time. State testing takes precedence,” Williams said. “The state sets those up and the MHSAA tries not to hit that, but it’s not the first time. It won’t be the last. You just have to work around them.”

BASEBALL MOVED UP
The MHSAA announced Thursday a change in the playing dates for next week’s baseball playoffs in order to not interfere with state testing, scheduled to begin May 1.
The second round will be played April 26-28, instead of April 27 and 28, and April 30.
“That happens from time to time. State testing takes precedence,” Williams said. “The state sets those up and the MHSAA tries not to hit that, but it’s not the first time. It won’t be the last. You just have to work around them.”