Local baseball teams prepare for postseason

By Daniel Brunty The Choctaw Plaindealer

As the regular season wrapped up for Choctaw County high school baseball teams, a few of those will continue in postseason play. A few teams participated in play-in rounds to determine their positions in the postseason this past week as well. The Weir Lions was one such team. The Lions started their week by hosting the Ethel Tigers in a non-division contest on Apr. 16. In the end, it was the Lions who would capture a 7-4 victory over the Tigers. The Lions then had their play-in round series against the Sacred Heart Crusaders of Hattiesburg, with the first game in Weir on Apr. 19. In the first game, both teams battled hard for the win, but it was the Lions squeezing out an 8-7 victory to take a one game lead in the series. The next game of the series took place in Hattiesburg on Apr. 20. In what was another close and hard fought game, the Lions would go on to take the series with a 7-6 win, advancing them into the second round of the playoffs in the process. Their opponents in the next round will be the Pelahatchie Chiefs. The first game of the series will take place at Pelahatchie on Apr. 26. The next game will take place at Weir on Apr. 27. If a third game is necessary, it will take place at Weir on Apr 28. The French Camp Panthers also participated in their play-in round series last week by hosting the Dexter Bulldogs on Apr. 20 The first game of the series took place in French Camp. The Panthers, who were looking to end their two-game losing skid, were successful as they easily handled the Bulldogs 14-2 to take a one game lead in the series. The second game would go similar for the Panthers, as they went on to sweep the series with a 10-0 win to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Their next opponent in the playoffs will be Natchez Cathedral. The series will begin on Apr. 26, with the second game taking place on Apr. 27. If a third game is necessary, it will take place on Apr. 28. The Ackerman Indians completed their regular season schedule, finishing in the third position in the Class 2A Region 5 standings, one position shy of a postseason berth. The Indians finished the season with a trip to play Pisgah in a division match-up. The Indians would go on t end the season on a positive note, defeating the Dragons 12-4. Ackerman finished the season with an 8-15 overall record and 4-4 in division play. Scores for this week’s second round playoff games will be posted in next week’s edition of the Choctaw Plaindealer.