Wayne County headed to state championship after sweep of North Pike

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WAYNESBORO, Miss. The Lady War Eagles swept North Pike 2-0 and 13-5 on Thursday night to advance to the MHSAA Class II Slow Pitch Softball State Championship.

While the original matchup was postponed due to rain, only gray clouds fell over the field with no rain to postpone the semifinal matchup again.

Game One saw North Pike get shutout by only by small 2-0 score. A solo home run by Cameron Miller in the bottom of the fifth inning would be the final run scored in the first matchup.

While the first game was all defense from both teams and solid pitching from Wayne County’s Lia Wates and North Pike’s Emilie Williams, the second game was all offense.

First runs of Game Two came from a two-run homer by Wayne County’s Emily Rigney to set the tone early. After a fielding error by the Lady War Eagles that led to a Jaguars score, the score became 2-1 Wayne County.

But in the top of the third inning, it was all Wayne County. The Lady War Eagles scored four runs off of RBIs to take a 6-1 lead entering the bottom of the inning. However, a two-run homer by North Pike’s Emilie Williams cut the deficit by two as the Lady War Eagles still led 6-3.

In the top of the fourth, Wayne County began its breakaway. They scored four runs again in a single inning to take a commanding 10-3 lead over North Pike. While there was still plenty of softball to play, the lead would be too much for the Jaguars to try and chase.

A solo home run from Abby Harrison in the top of the fifth was the dagger to North Pike’s side as Wayne County took an 11-3 lead. The Jaguars would pick up two more runs but the Lady War Eagles would add on four more to win Game Two 15-3.

Wayne County captured their third-straight South State Title and will now advance to play Neshoba Central in the Class II State Championship on Saturday. First pitch is set for 11 am at Liberty Park in Madison.

Neshoba Central is in the hunt for its eighth-straight state title while the Lady War Eagles have not captured a state title yet in slow pitch.