Thirty-one and counting. That’s Madison Central’s postseason winning streak after a 5-2 win over Oak Grove in the opening game of the Class 6A fast-pitch championship series Friday evening at Freedom Ridge Park.
The Lady Jaguars will attempt to become the first MHSAA school to win four straight championships when Game 2 is played at noon today, with Game 3 to follow if necessary.
Sophomore Hayle Morse went the distance for the Lady Jaguars, allowing four hits with 10 strikeouts.
Katie Anne Bailey led off the game with a single, stole second and third and scored on a single by Megan Murray to give Madison Central a quick lead.
Bailey also doubled during a three-run Madison seventh that proved decisive, driving in the fourth run and scoring the last one.
Kayla McKinion pitched a 3-hitter as Neshoba Central opened the 5A series with an 8-0 win over East Central. Hailey Lunderman had two singles, a double and a triple for the Lady Rockets and Katlyn Duke contributed two doubles, a single and four RBIs.
Newton County took advantage of four errors while scoring nine runs in the third inning on its way to a 16-3 win over defending Class 4A champion Houston.
Winning pitcher Sabrina Turner hit the first pitch of the game over the left field fence and added a two-run double in the same inning as defending 3A champion St. Patrick blasted Nettleton 11-0.
Brittany Hagwood and Lauren Smith each had a double and a single, combining for five RBIs to lead Enterprise Clarke to a 6-3 victory over East Webster.
Winning pitcher Ryan Holdiness launched a three-run homer well over the left field fence, leading Nanih Waiya to a 15-6 win over West Union.