Friday was a night chock full of area teams playing for their post season lives.
Only two prep softball teams from the Daily Corinthian coverage area remain alive and they are playing each other for the MHSAA North Half title and a trip to the 3A championship series next week in Starkville on the campus of Mississippi State University.
Kossuth and Booneville are in uncharted territory with neither school ever making an appearance in the title series.
They began their best-of three series Friday in the City of Hospitality.
Shifting to baseball, four local squads remain with each playing game two of their second round best-of-three series.
Following are summaries of each game played Friday.
Booneville takes 1-0 series lead over Kossuth
In a game that was much closer than the final score might indicate, the Lady Blue Devils broke open a 1-1 game with a six-spot in the sixth and held on to win game one of the best-of-three North Half Championship series 7-1 on their home field.
Game two is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch Saturday at Kossuth.
If the Lady Aggies win that one game three would follow approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.
“The bottom line is I didn’t have our girls ready to play tonight,” said KHS head coach Dana Rhea, whose squad fell to 19-10 with the loss. “Credit Booneville, they are a very good team and they just wanted it more than we did tonight. They played well and we didn’t.”
Ava Meeks pitched in to the sixth before being lifted with Kossuth trailing 4-1 and took the loss while Halle Burns went the distance for Booneville for the win on the hill allowing just three hits.
Efforts to reach winning coach Jessica Taylor were unsuccessful.
The Division 1-3A rivals split their regular season two-game series but the Lady Aggies won the league title on run differential. Friday night, the Lady Devils had just a little more juice in the tank and recorded their 27 win of the season, sitting at 27-4-2 heading into game two.
Area baseball squads sweep their respective series
• Senior catcher Cole Clark crushed a two-run home run in the top of the ninth after fellow senior Will Crawford had reached safely, as Corinth clipped Caledonia 6-5 to advance to the third round of the MHSAA playoffs where they will face the winner of the West Lauderdale/Itawamba AHS series beginning next Thursday.
West Lauderdale won game one of that series 5-2 Thursday but the Friday final was not available at deadline.
“We just never gave up tonight,” said Warrior head coach Rob Scarbrough, who has his squad two series wins away from another berth in the 4A state finals. “We had a lead in the and lost it and then we fought back and tied it on a sacrifice fly by Cole (Clark) in the seventh to send it to extra innings. After we got the lead in the ninth, Will (Verdung) came back out on the mound and struck out two along with a groundout to end it.”
Corinth improves to 22-5 on the season.
• Biggersville used a Ward Johnson RBI single that was misplayed by the Hickory Flat right fielder to score Jack Eaton with what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth as the Lions defeated Hickory Flat 2-1 to sweep the second round series.
They will face the winner of the TCPS/Vardaman series beginning next Thursday.
“This was really a well-pitched game by both starting pitchers (Biggersville’s Quinton Knight and Hickory Flat’s Chris Smith),” said BHS head coach Daniel Rowsey. We got that hit there at the end to take the lead and John (eaton) did a great job coming in relief the last two innings to hold them (Rebels) scoreless.”
The Lions won the game despite just two hits, with a pair of Hickory Flat errors costing them dearly. Johnson had two of theose hits while John Eaton had the other.
Biggersville is back in the third round of the MHSAA playoffs as they seek their first state title on the diamond since 1993.
• Kossuth scored twice early and made it hold up as they swept Senatobia out of the playoffs with a 2-0 win at Aggie Field.
Hank Eaton pitched a shutout as Kossuth will next face division rival Booneville in the third round beginning next Thursday.
• Speaking of Booneville, the Blue Devils dominated Winona for the second straight game and took a 10-0 win in six innings to move to the third round of the 3A playoffs.
They will host Kossuth in game one next Thursday at Harold T. White Field.