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Softball playoffs gear up

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WATCHING HER DRIVE – West Lauderdale third baseman Brook Bounds shot this pitch down the third base line as her Lady Knights teammates look on. Bounds' line drive went foul.Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Marty Stamper / EMG sports assistant
October 14, 2003
The MHSAA slow-pitch softball playoffs reach their second round for Class 1A-4A teams today with Class 5A joining in on the fun with its first-round games.
Only the top two teams from Class 5A qualified for the playoffs, while the top four from 1A-4A advanced.
Of the 205 teams in the state that still play slow-pitch, 143 made the playoffs.
Today's only area pairing in Class 5A has Meridian hosting Picayune at 5 p.m. at Northeast Park.
In Class 4A, Northeast Lauderdale (20-13) hosts New Albany at 4 p.m. at Northeast Park, while second-ranked Neshoba Central (28-3) goes to Yazoo City for a 1 p.m. series.
In Class 3A, third-ranked West Lauderdale (27-4) travels to Meadville to take on Franklin County at 3:30 p.m., while Newton County (25-6) hosts Collins at 5 p.m. Also in 3A, Southeast Lauderdale (18-14) hosts North Pike (16-9) at 4 p.m.
In Class 2A, Clarkdale (19-8) hosts Wesson at 5 p.m., while Philadelphia (15-9) hosts St. Andrew's (22-8) at 4 p.m. at Burnside Park. Enterprise, which turned back Gulfport St. John in three games Sunday, will host Bay Springs today at 5 p.m.
Philadelphia nipped St. Andrew's 13-12 at Decatur on Oct. 4, while Enterprise defeated Bay Springs on Oct. 9 in regular season games.
In Class 1A, Union (19-9) goes to Ethel (13-6) for a 3:30 p.m. series, while Nanih Waiya visits defending 1A state champion Ingomar (25-7). Sebastopol (16-4) travels to Weir (13-1) for a 3 p.m. series.
West Lauderdale 14-17
Greene County 1-3
The Lady Knights swept their Class 3A opening round series Monday at Collinsville, getting 35 hits and committing no errors in the two games.