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April 25, 2014

EMCC set for best-of-three softball series

SCOOBA — SCOOBA — Set to make the school’s sixth consecutive postseason softball appearance this weekend in Perkinston, the East Mississippi Community College softball team travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for a best-of-three playoff series in advance of next week’s MACJC State Softball Tournament.

The series opener between EMCC, the third-seeded team from the MACJC’s North Division, and No. 2 South seed MGCCC (31-16, 18-10) is set for 6 tonight at Ross-Smith Field on the Mississippi Gulf Coast campus. The first pitch of Game 2 is scheduled for noon on Saturday, while a third and deciding game, if necessary, would immediately follow. The series winner, along with the three other best-of-three playoff series victors, will advance to participate in next week’s state tournament. In its first year reformatted as a double-elimination, four-team event, the new-look MACJC State Softball Tournament is set for next Friday-Sunday (May 2-4) at a site to be determined based on the results of this weekend’s playoff action.

This weekend’s other best-of-three softball playoff series will have MACJC North Division champion and 11th-ranked Itawamba (35-10, 21-3) playing host to No. 4 South seed East Central (32-14, 17-11), No. 2 North seed Northwest Mississippi (29-12, 18-6) entertaining No. 3 South seed Pearl River (24-16, 18-10) and MACJC South Division champion and second-ranked Jones County (41-2, 26-2) hosting No. 4 North seed Northeast Mississippi (21-25, 14-10).  

Earlier this season (Feb. 22) in Scooba, the visiting MGCCC Lady Bulldogs swept East Mississippi, 10-3 and 9-1, in MACJC inter-division softball action.

With the most single-season wins in the history of the school’s fastpitch softball program, head coach Kyndall White’s 27-20 EMCC Lady Lions finished third in the MACJC’s North Division softball standings with a 16-8 division mark. Most recently, the Lady Lions snapped their five-game losing skid by posting a pair of division wins at Coahoma during Wednesday’s makeup doubleheader in Clarksdale. After claiming a 14-1 run-rule decision in game one against Coahoma, EMCC was awarded the nightcap victory via forfeit when the shorthanded Lady Tigers couldn’t field a complete team due to injury.

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