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Slowpitch softball playoffs begin today

Bogue Chitto coach Scott Leggett and his Lady ‘Cats are on amission. Runners-up to Ingomar in the Class 1A state championshipfinals last year, the Lady ‘Cats want to win it all thisseason.

For Bogue Chitto, the first hurdle arrives this afternoon whenthe Lady ‘Cats host Weir in the opening round of the stateplayoffs. The best-of-three series starts at 5 p.m. and will becompleted at Bogue Chitto tonight.

The second round is set for Saturday, at locations not yetdetermined.

The Ole Brook Lady Panthers are home today for a Class 4A serieswith D’Iberville. Action begins at 4:30 p.m. at Martin Field.

In other area action, West Lincoln travels to Nanih Waiya inClass 1A and Wesson hosts St. Andrew’s in Class 2A. North Pikehosts Morton in a 3A series today.

Lady ‘Cats Ready

Leggett, 30, is in his second year at the helm of BC softball.The Lady ‘Cats (22-3, 10-0) are fresh from winning the Division7-1A championship, going unbeaten in division play.

Leggett said his scouting report on Weir was limited. “Iunderstand they have an outstanding left-centerfielder who can hitthe ball.”

Bogue Chitto boasts a .433 team batting average. The ‘Cats areled by right-center fielder Chelsey Miller (.518 batting average)and shortstop Meleah Brown (.513), the only senior on the team.Brown has 41 RBI and 4 home runs. Miller has 37 RBI and 11homers.

Latoya Braxton (20-3) is the main pitcher for BC. At the plate,she bats .413.

Left-centerfielder Candace Avants (.427), leftfielder KelliHoward (.467), catcher Shaquille Burton (.397) and third basemanJessie Miller (.391) are among the leading hitters for BC.

Ole Brook Memories

Coach Lisa Covington’s Lady Panthers vividly remember lastyear’s series with D’Iberville. The second-round matchup atD’Ibervile was a 3-game marathon which saw Ole Brook prevail.

The Panthers (19-4, 9-1) won another Division 6-4A championshipthis season. They’re led by senior shortstop Ashley Sykes (.592),The DAILY LEADER’s 2004 All-Area Slowpitch Softball MVP.

Sophomore left-centerfielder Terri Hodges is batting .458 forthe Panthers. Pitcher Brittany Smith bats .445. Right-centerfielderJana Wallace (.424), catcher Katie Smith (.423), second basemanKatie Stewart (.431), and third baseman Christi Martin (.408) arethe batting leaders.

Lady Bears On Road

West Lincoln’s Lady Bears (15-8), coached by Andrew Redd, face along road trip today. They were runners-up to Bogue Chitto in thedivision race.

Nanih Waiya doesn’t have lights at its field so the seriesbegins at 1 p.m.

At the plate, West Lincoln is led by third baseman Holli Smithwho bats .543. Shortstop/pitcher Britnee Smith (.478) is comingback from injury. Left-centerfielder Carrie Fauver (.467),leftfielder Keri Easley (.468), right-centerfielder April Kennedy(.443), pitcher Brittani Phillips (.432), rightfielder Heather Huff(.413) and catcher Kelsey Bass (.398) are batting leaders.

Lady Cobras Win Division

Wesson (14-8, 4-1), coached by Jemmye Ann Helms, is fresh fromwinning the Division 6-2A championship. The Lady Cobras wereeliminated by Enterprise-Clarke last year.

Lady Jaguars Home

Fresh from winning the Division 7-3A championship, Coach SonyaWallace leads her Lady Jaguars against Morton today. JennaDickerson (12-10) will start on the mound for North Pike.

Leonna Ballard, Maggie Dunaway and Kari Bessonnette are amongthe batting leaders for North Pike.