Devils, Lady Devils having successful season as they vie for state titles

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 6, 2016

Pearl River Central High School’s baseball and softball teams are advancing in the playoffs.
The baseball team headed to the first game in the semifinal playoffs Thursday, facing West Jones, said Head Coach Neil Walther.
Their record going into Thursday evening’s game was 21-8.
No matter the outcome of last night’s game, they will play the second round of that matchup tonight at 7 at home. Whichever team wins two games first will head to the south state championship game against the winner of the Hattiesburg and South Jones matchup. Then the winners of the north and south state championships will face off May 12-14 to vie for the state championship title.
Walther said if the team can keep their momentum they will be competitive, but it will all hinge on the effectiveness of their offense.
The Lady Devils head to the south state championship game this weekend. Head Coach Tony Labella said their next game is tonight at home against West Harrison at 7. A follow-up game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. in West Harrison. Whoever wins two games first will head to the state championship against the winner of the Neshoba Central and Lewisburg matchup. Their state playoffs will be held May 12-14.
Labella said this is the first time the Lady Devils have been this far in the playoffs.
It is also a major turnaround in the overall record for the outgoing seniors. Labella said his seniors started out as freshmen with a record of 1-17. Their current record is 20-9.
Picayune’s Lady Tide also had a good season, making it to the first round of the playoffs. However, they fell to West Harrison last Friday night.

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