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Tuesday marks the beginning of the postseason for slow pitch softball. Four of the five Union County teams are still in the hunt for a state title; two will open the playoffs at home.
West Union and East Union enter as division champions for their respective regions. The Lady Eagles will take on Blue Mountain, and the Lady Urchins have yet to find out its first round opponent.
The Lady Eagles hope to make it back to state, where they won in 2009, but also coming out of Region 2-1A is Myrtle, who made it to the north half series against eventual state champion Smithville last season.
The Lady Hawks will open the postseason at Ray Brooks and fall on the same side of the bracket with Smithville this season. The Lady Seminoles start the playoffs hosting Falkner in the first round, and there is a chance we could see a rematch of last year’s north half championship in the second round a week from Saturday.
On West Union’s side of the bracket are Jumpertown and Houlka; possible second round match-ups should the Lady Eagles advance.
New Albany enters the playoffs as the two seed out of its division, and will be on the road at Greenwood. North Pontotoc finished as the division winner and will host Rosa Fort, and also in the Lady Bulldogs half of the bracket is Houston and one team left to be announced.
East Union made it to the second round of the playoffs last year, losing to Hamilton in the north half semifinals and enter the playoffs as region champion. The Lady Urchins most recent victory came on Tuesday, as they defeated Hickory Flat, 20-1, in three innings, and the team hosted West Union for senior night last night.
Our area schools are once again showing its strength in slow pitch and have a good chance of making it far in the postseason and possibly even to the state championships later this month.
The second round of the playoffs are set to begin next Saurday, Oct. 13 and north half championships will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The 2012 state championships in Ridgeland will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20.