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Tishomingo County junior pitcher Rylee Bearden, flanked by senior first baseman Adrianna Hairrell, helped lead the Lady Braves to a final record of 24-4 as their season ended in an 8-5, nine-inning loss to Mooreville in Iuka Tuesday evening. Bearden struck out 191 batters this season and threw a combined 2219 pitched in TC’s 2-0 series loss to the Lady Troopers. “We had a terrific season and won our third straight division title,” said head coach Jerry Long. “These girls have all worked very hard to be successful and I’m very proud of them. I wish we could have won this series but we had a few missed opportunities that cost us.” Tish County defeated Mooreville two years ago as they advanced to the state 4A championship where they fell to Newton County 2-0.

Being off and away from the sports scene for two entire weeks was not fun for me, and certainly wasn’t ideal.

For all who called, texted, emailed or sent their best wishes for my recovery I can’t begin to say how much they meant to me … and still do.

I have been back in the saddle for a couple of days now and have done my very best to catch up so I can fairly and accurately report to our readers “What’s Going On Around Here” this week … and beyond.

Here we go …

Only Kossuth, Booneville remain in softball playoffs

With Tishomingo County’s 8-5 loss to Mooreville Tuesday in Iuka ending the Lady Braves season at 24-4 – along with New Site falling in two games to East Webster – the lone remaining Daily Corinthian coverage area teams remaining in the post-season are 3A neighbors, and division mates, Kossuth and Booneville.

And they could end up facing each other once again if both manage to win their upcoming best-of-three series beginning Friday.

The Lady Aggies will face off with Houston while the Lady Blue Devils draw Senatobia.

Kossuth faces maybe the stiffest challenge as the Lady Hilltoppers enter the series unbeaten at 18-0-1, including a season sweep of Corinth and impressive wins over East Webster and Hernando. For Kossuth, which won the Region 1-3A title in a tiebreaker over Booneville, seems to be peeking at the right time.

The Lady Aggies will travel to Houston Friday for a 5:30 first pitch in game one before returning home to host game two Saturday beginning at 1. Game three, if necessary, will reportedly follow game two if necessary.

The Lady Devils will host the Lady Warriors Friday at 6 before traveling to Tate County for game two on Saturday. First pitch for the second game had not been announced.

Booneville is 24-4-1 heading into the third round while Senatobia is 22-4-2. The Lady Blue Devils are coming off a 2-0 second-round sweep of Winona while Senatobia took care of Hatley in two games.

Baseball playoffs begin

The official first games of the 2021 prep baseball playoffs are set for Thursday at 6. However, local school Biggersville, the Region 1-1A co-champions, moved their first two games up a day to Wednesday due to expected rain on Thursday.

The Lions hosted West Lowndes in a doubleheader that ended past Wednesday’s earlier deadline. Game three, if necessary will be Friday at 6 in Lowndes County. Biggersville enters the contest at 18-5 with a 9-1 division record.

Division 1-4A champion Corinth will host Choctaw Central in game one of their best-of-three series Thursday at 6 before traveling to CCHS for game two Friday. Game three, if necessary would be back in Corinth Saturday at 2 pm

The Warriors are entering the playoffs on a two-game slide following losses to 3A schools Booneville and Amory to end the regular season at 19-5. Corinth is still ranked among the Top-20 teams in the Magnolia state this week.

Kossuth will travel to Houston Thursday at 6 for game one of their series before hosting game two Friday with the first pitch once again scheduled for 6. Game three, if necessary would be Saturday at Houston beginning at 2.

The Aggies are 15-10 while the Toppers are 10-18, a record not normally seen from a No. 2 seed. However, their 6-2 region record was good for the runner-up spot behind division champion Choctaw County.

Booneville will face Hatley in their first-round series, hosting game one Thursday at 6 before traveling to Monroe County Friday at 6 for game two. Game three, if necessary, would be Saturday at 2 at Booneville. The Devils enter the series 15-10 while the Tigers are 7-11, finishing third in Region 4-3A.

New Site made the playoffs as the No. 3 seed out of Region 1-2A and will travel to Pisgah – the No. 2 seed from Region 4-2A – Thursday for game one before hosting game two Friday. Both games are slated to begin at 6.

Prep golf state tournaments

The high school girl’s state golf tournament wrapped up on Thursday as local squads Corinth and Alcorn Central fought valiantly but fell in defeat.

The Lady Warriors were led by a team-best two-day 220 total from Belle Mitchell while the Lady Bears were led by Sadie Perriman’s two-day total of 237.

State championships

The state track and field championships are this weekend while the state tennis tournament is taking place as well. The Daily Corinthian will publish information and photos from those events as they are received.

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