Area softball powers seek appearances in state finals
GOING ALL OUT Clarkdale shortstop Megan Potate makes a diving catch for an out during Saturday's playoff series against Philadelphia. The Lady Bulldogs face homestanding Enterprise High School for the Class 2A South State Tournament today at 5 p.m. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Austin Bishop / EMG regional sports director
Oct. 21, 2003
As many as three area high schools could be represented at the V.A. Fields In Jackson on Saturday when the Mississippi High School Activities Association decides its 2003 slow-pitch softball champions for five divisions.
But first they have to take care of business today.
Enterprise, which last reached the state championship game in 1993 when the Lady Bulldogs finished second, plays host to perennial slow-pitch power Clarkdale High School at 5 p.m. in Class 2A action.
West Lauderdale hits the road to take on Poplarville for the Class 3A South State title at 4 p.m., while Union hosts West Lincoln in Class 1A action at 4 p.m.
All of the series are two-out-of-three.
The Enterprise-Clarkdale matchup holds special significance because it pits long-time Clarkdale head coach Rick Roberson against his oldest daughter Kacie, who is in her first year as head coach at EHS.
The Lady Bulldogs have gone 6-1 and won three series since the playoffs started 10 days ago.
The Clarkdale program is no stranger to the playoffs, having won the state championship last season.
The Clarkdale-Enterprise winner will take on the winner of Tuesday's North State battle between Hamilton and Mooreville, the team Clarkdale beat for the title last season.
The Union-West Lincoln winner will take on the victor between Ingomar and Houlka, while the West Lauderdale-Poplarville winner will face the winner of the matchup between Kossuth and Corinth.
The championship games Saturday are set for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the if-necessary games being set for 3 p.m.