By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Picayune Item
Indianapolis, Ind. —
Homestanding Picayune picked up its first district win of the year Thursday night in prep fast-pitch softball action.
Unfortunately for arch-rival Pearl River Central, it came at the expense of the Lady Devils.
The Lady Tide picked up a 14-4 win in league action, the first district encounter for both teams.
Rylee Dawsey, Brooke Ladner and Anna Breland had two hits apiece for the Lady Tide. Bethany Crawford picked up the win, and Emily Kennedy took the loss.
Emmie Archer had two hits for PRC.
Picayune fell to West Harrison 4-3 Friday night, while PRC fell to Pass Christian 7-4. The Lady Devils are still winless on the season.
Picayune returned to action on Friday night traveling to West Harrison. PRC hosted Pass Christian on Friday night as well.
All three teams in the division, Picayune, PRC and Stone County will qualify for the Class 5A South State playoffs no matter what record they finish up with. Three teams qualify in each district and there is only three teams in that district. Picayune travels to Stone Tuesday.
Also, Poplarville picked up a pair of big wins this past week.beating Bay High 14-0 in Division 8-4A play and then stopping St. Patrick 6-1 on Thursday.
Against Bay High, Rachel Hickman hurled another abbreviated no-hitter as she struck out 11 in just four frames.
At the plate, Hickman had a home run and a double, while Tristan Wheat hit a home run as well. Wheat and Hickman each drove in three runs apiece and Branda Northrop drove in two runs as well.
In the win over SPHS, Sam Gentry was the star at the plate as she hit a home run and a double and drove in three runs. Also, Kristen Herndon and Breanna Herndon also had a pair of hits apiece in the winning effort.
Hickman struck out 17 in the win and allowed just one hit.
The Lady Hornets travel to Leakesville Monday to face Greene County in district action.
The Lady Hornets then host Vancleave on Thursday in league play as well.
Poplarville is in sole possession of first place in the district. The Lady Hornets sit 4-0 in league play and have four games district games left in regular season action.
The top three teams out of the five teams in the region qualify for the Class 4A South State playoffs.
The state fast-pitch softball playoffs begins for all six classifications in the state of Mississippi two weeks from today, on Saturday, April 20.