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Poplarville, Picayune in softball playoffs

Both Poplarville and Picayune qualified for the Class 4A state slow pitch softball playoffs on Tuesday night.

The Lady Hornets, the top ranked team in the state for most of the season, completed a perfect run through Division 7-4A competition with a 15-4 league win on the road over South Jones.

The win pushes head coach Jonathan Ray’s team to 23-3 overall and left the Lady Hornets 6-0 in division play. It was the first league title for the Lady Hornets since the 2004 season.

Taylor Meyers picked up the win for Poplarville, moving to 21-3 on the season. Meyers also had a pair of hits for the Lady Hornets in the win.

Chrisian Cuevas also had a pair of hits for the winning team, as did Christian Campbell.

Poplarville had 18 hits in the win.

Tuesday’s win came on the heels of a win Thursday over division foe Forrest County AHS, a 9-7 decision by the Lady Hornets.

In that contest, Meyers also picked up the win while Cuevas, Chelsea Theriot and Paige Miller each had a double for Poplarville and Kayla Ross had a triple.

Theriot and Meyers each had two hits apiece for the winners.

Also, over the weekend, Poplarville played in the Brookhaven Tournament and came home with two wins in three games.

The Lady Hornets beat Bogue Chitto 15-0 and beat Pearl 5-3 while falling to Lawrence County 10-2.

Against Bogue Chitto, Ross had a double and Theriot and Kristen Dedeaux had triples. Ross had four hits to lead the 20 hit attack for the Lady Hornets while Megan Ladner had three hits.

Theriot had a home run in the win over Pearl and Larke Nightengale had a triple. Theriot had three hits in the loss to LCHS.

Poplarville closes out the regular season at home against Perry Central on Thursday.

• Picayune, meanwhile, earned the number two spot in the league and qualified for the state playoffs despite losing to Forrest County AHS 11-10 on the road Tuesday night.

The Lady Tide finish the regular season 17-7 overall and 3-3 in league play, and earned the number two spot due to a run differential after beating FCAHS by 10 runs earlier in the season.

• Both teams will begin the payoffs on Tuesday against teams from Division 8-4A. Poplarville will host first round action, while Picayune will be on the road in best of three series action.