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Sun Herald Top 10: Coast’s top softball teams start ‘17 strong

Harrison Central pitcher Kristen Cade greets her catcher Kayla Cade after striking out the side in the third inning of their 6A South State softball playoff game against St. Martin at Harrison Central in Lyman on May 7, 2016.
Harrison Central pitcher Kristen Cade greets her catcher Kayla Cade after striking out the side in the third inning of their 6A South State softball playoff game against St. Martin at Harrison Central in Lyman on May 7, 2016. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

The Coast's top softball programs made strong showings in season-opening action last week.

The top three softball teams remain the same this week in the Sun Herald Top 10 with No. 1 Harrison Central, No. 2 St. Patrick and No. 3 East Central all going 2-0 in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Softball Classic at the Gulfport Sportsplex this past weekend.

St. Patrick came up with the most impressive win of the weekend, taking down four-time defending state champion Neshoba Central 8-3 on Saturday. Sarah D'Aquilla provided the biggest hit of the day with a three-run home run for St. Patrick. Anna D’Aquilla got the win, striking out eight batters. The day before, the Fighting Irish topped Hancock 9-6.

Harrison Central, the three-time defending Class 6A state champion, rolled over Lawrence County 7-1 and Desoto Central 8-4.

East Central also showed up strong at the Gulfport Sportsplex, thumping a strong Pearl River Central team 7-1 and topping Desoto Central 2-0.

The biggest movers in this week's softball poll are George County (2-0), which moved up to spots to No. 5 and Long Beach (2-0), which goes from unranked, to No. 7.

Picayune (1-0) also joins the poll, moving into a three-way tie for eighth with Pearl River Central (1-1) and Pass Christian (0-2).

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George County (1-1) holds onto its No. ranking in the baseball poll after splitting a doubleheader with Pascagoula (1-1), which jumps two spots this week to No. 4.

Gulfport (2-0) makes the biggest move this week after thumping Starkville 10-2 on Friday and No. 2 West Harrison 6-5. The Admirals jumped five spots to No. 3.

Long Beach (1-1) is the lone team to join this week's baseball poll, moving in at No. 10 after splitting two games over the weekend with Harrison Central. Harrison Central won the first game 5-2 before Long Beach rebounded with a 12-5 win on Saturday.

Sun Herald Baseball Preseason Top 10

Rank (PTS)

Record

1. George County (28)

1-1

2. West Harrison (27)

1-1

3. Gulfport (20)

2-0

T4. Pascagoula (19)

1-1

T4. Ocean Springs (19)

1-1

6. Pearl River Central (16)

2-0

7. Biloxi (12)

1-1

8. Harrison Central (10)

1-1

9. Hancock (9)

1-1

10. Long Beach (4)

1-1

Receiving votes: D’Iberville (1; 1-1).

Sun Herald Softball Preseason Top 10

Rank (PTS)

2016 record

1. Harrison Central (30)

2-0

2. St. Patrick (27)

2-0

3. East Central (24)

2-0

4. Ocean Springs (20)

1-1

5. George County (17)

2-0

6. West Harrison (12)

1-1

T7. Long Beach (8)

2-0

T7. Poplarville (8)

2-0

T9. Pearl River Central (5)

1-1

T9. Picayune (5)

1-0-1

T9. Pass Christian (5)

0-2

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