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Northwest Rankin pushes George County to limit in South State softball

George County’s slow-pitch softball team eliminated Northwest Rankin in the Class 5A/6A South State series on Tuesday to advance to the state championship series.
George County’s slow-pitch softball team eliminated Northwest Rankin in the Class 5A/6A South State series on Tuesday to advance to the state championship series.

George County’s slow-pitch softball team refused to see its season end Tuesday.

Facing Northwest Rankin in the Class 5A/6A South State series in Lucedale, the Rebels took Game 1 in the best-of-three series 14-10. After falling 9-8 in Game 2, the Rebels (25-7) put together a convincing performance in the decisive game, run-ruling Northwest Rankin 13-3 in five innings.

“We played well,” GCHS coach Keith Essary said. “They’re a good hitting team, sprayed the ball around the field and didn’t quit. I guess our girls just wanted it more.”

GCHS (25-7) advanced to face the winner of New Hope-Neshoba County in the state championship on Saturday at Ridgeland Park. Game 1 in the best-of-three series is set for 10:30 a.m.

GCHS stats in South State series

Game 1: Megan Morse went 2-for-4 with two doubles; Neely McLeod hit a double and single; Katilyn Passeau went 4-for-4; Carley Bishop hit a home run; and Emaleigh Coats had two singles.

Game 2: Raegan Havard went 3-for-4 with two doubles; Anna Adams was 2-for-3 with a double; and Bishop, McLeod and Morse also went 2-for-3.

Game 3: Morse led GCHS with a 4-for-4 performance including a double; Havard and Ramey Cochran were 3-for-4; Passeau recorded a triple; and Hannah Rasberry and Coates both had two hits.

Adams picked up both wins.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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