Fast-Pitch Softball State Championships Day One Recap

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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- 2A Championship Game 1: Enterprise 8, Philadelphia 4

It took a big seventh inning for Enterprise to finally pull away from Philadelphia in game one of the 2A State Championship series at Nusz Park on Thursday afternoon.

The Tornadoes had trimmed the EHS lead to just one heading into the final frame, before the Bulldogs scored four runs in the top of the seventh to give Enterprise a four-run cushion to close the game.

"I was proud of our girls," said Enterprise head coach Davey Dewitt. "They stepped up to the challenge and hit it well. They want it. They've worked so hard, and it's in their reach."

Enterprise can clinch its first fast-pitch championship since 2011 with a win over Philadelphia on Friday.

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4A Championship Game 1: Newton County 5, Tishomingo County 4

Newton County's postseason run this year has been anything but boring.

The Cougars dropped the first game of the playoffs on the road to East Central, before rebounding to blow the Hornets out of the playoffs with back-to-back victories. After a sweep of Purvis, Newton County once again was staring down elimination against Vancleave. Justin Chaney's team won two hard-fought games to win the South State Championship and punch a ticket to Starkville for the 4A championship.

Once again, his team was faced with a familiar situation. The Cougars were down two runs to Tishomingo County heading into the sixth inning. Timely hitting and allowed NCHS to chip away at the Braves lead, pulling ahead 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

"I call them 'the comeback kids'," said Newton County head coach Justin Chaney. "They're so mentally tough, and they're easy to coach."

Cougars can win their first fast-pitch state title since 2015 with a win over Tishomingo County on Friday at Nusz Park.