Softball playoff roundup: Loyd Star tops Mize, WL loses at Puckett

Published 10:34 am Saturday, April 29, 2023

Here’s a look at how area high school softball teams faired in the MHSAA second round that began on Friday.

Loyd Star 7, Mize 4

The Hornets (22-4) built an early lead at home Friday in their MHSAA 2A second round opener against Mize before going on to get a 3-run victory.

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Coach Scott Leggett’s crew was up 5-0 after four innings, but Mize came back to score all four of its run in the top of the fifth to tighten things up.

Game two is schedule for 6 p.m. at Mize, weather permitting, on Saturday.

Eighth grade pitcher Layla Burt struck out nine for Loyd Star in the win on Friday. Senior captain and Co-Lin softball signee Carson Hughey drove in three runs for the Hornets. Loyd Star also got a three RBI game from sophomore Ainsley Gennaro.

Puckett 8, West Lincoln 5

The Bears (20-5) need to win one at home on Saturday to keep their MHSAA 2A playoff series going and force a third game next week. Weather permitting, first pitch at West Lincoln for game two is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

West Lincoln led 2-0 before Puckett responded with two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the third. A late rally by WL and coach Anita Thornton fell short as the green and white scored three runs in their final at-bat.

Puckett outhit the Bears 10-8.

Mailey Kate Young drove in two runs to lead the West Lincoln offense.

Wesson 6, West Marion 5

The Cobras (15-8) took care of business on Friday in a game where West Marion scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to tighten things up before Wesson pitcher Mallory Sanders got a strikeout to end the game.

Julianna Wilson and Emileigh Woodson had two RBIs each to pace the Wesson offensive attack. Sanders struck out 10 in gaining the win in the circle for coach Michelle Nunnery.

Game two at West Marion is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m., weather permitting. 

The winner of the MHSAA 3A playoff series will move on to play either Raleigh or Union in the third round.

Enterprise 11, Richton 7

The MHSAA 1A second round road win at Richton was the 20th victory of the season for coach Alicia Smith and her crew of Yellow Jackets.

Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 12 p.m., weather permitting, at Enterprise.

Friday night was a wild one as EAC probably feels like they should have scored a few more runs since they outhit the Richton Rebels 23-8.

The game was tied at 6-6 through four complete innings before EAC came back to score two in the sixth and three in the seventh to take the game. 

Terra Vining, Mallory Honea, Natalie Williams, Harleigh Clark and Isabella Jordan all drove in two runs each for the Jackets in the win.