High School Sports

Seven Coast teams reach State Softball quarterfinals

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 West Harrison pitcher Stephanie Necaise throws against Picayune during the sixth inning of their 5A softball playoff game at West Harrison on Friday April 29, 2016.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD West Harrison pitcher Stephanie Necaise throws against Picayune during the sixth inning of their 5A softball playoff game at West Harrison on Friday April 29, 2016. SUN HERALD

Seven Coast teams are left in the state fast-pitch softball playoffs.

The state quarterfinal series open Monday and conclude Tuesday.

Defending 6A champion Harrison Central faces its toughest test, travelling to Brandon in Game one at 7 p.m. Monday, then host Games 2 and 3 (if needed) at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Pitcher Madison Burge leads a talented Red Rebelette squad capable of winning a third straight crown.

"We're evenly matched with Brandon," Red Rebelettes coach Jimmy Parker said. "We have an advantage over them with our pitching: Madison Burge and Kristen Cade. Brandon will match our speed."

St. Martin travels to Oak Grove in the other 6A quarterfinal series at 6 p.m. Monday, then host Games 2 and 3 (if needed) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Last year's 5A runner-up, West Harrison, travels to Brookhaven in game one at 6 p.m. Monday, then host Games 2 and 3 (if needed) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Despite a 15-13 record, the Lady Hurricanes are battle-tested.

"We can play with anybody, it's just a matter of us showing up to play," Lady Hurricanes coach Brittany Rogers said. "We've played some good teams."

In the other 5A quarterfinal involving Coast teams, Pearl River Central travels to Long Beach at 6 p.m. Monday. The Lady Devils host Games 2 and 3 (if needed) at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Poplarville travels to Newton County in its 4A quarterfinal series at 6 p.m. Monday, then host Games 2 and 3 (if needed) at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

In 3A action, St. Patrick travels to Southeast Lauderdale Monday at 5 p.m., then host Games 2 and 3 (if needed) Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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