By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
Poplarville's season came to and end in the Class 4A South state finals Tuesday night.
The visiting Lady Hornets fell to Newton County 10-2 in game two of the best-of-three series. The Lady Cougars took game one 2-0 in Poplarville Monday night.
Also, East Central will play for its seventh softball state championship after staving off elimination for the second straight week.
The Hornets pulled out a pair of extra-inning victories over West Harrison on Tuesday night, winning 3-2 in eight innings and 8-7 in nine at home to claim the 5A South State title. Lanae Davis scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth in Game 3 to send the Hornets (25-7) to the finals, where they will face Neshoba Central (29-6) in a best-of-3 championship series at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland beginning Friday night.
East Central, winners of 4A championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009, makes its first title series appearance under fourth-year coach Kyle Long. The Hornets lost Monday's opener 4-2 at West Harrison, but rallied to win twice in one day just as it did the previous week against South Jones.
And, With a 1-0 series lead over Harrison Central Tuesday night, the Oak Grove Lady Warriors committed two errors in the first three innings that led to three unearned runs.
In addition, through three innings, Oak Grove had but one hit and trailed 3-0.
However, the Lady Warriors kept their cool and came away 5-3 winners, advancing to the Class 6A State Championship Series.
Oak Grove (26-4) will face Madison Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland in the first game of the title series. Game 2 is set for noon Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park.
Down 3-0 Tuesday against the same Harrison Central squad that eliminated them in the South State Finals a year ago, Oak Grove rallied for the win to take the series and move on.