By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Lady Panthers of French Camp Academy headed into Tuesday’s first round of the MHSAA Class 1A Slow-Pitch State Playoffs full of excitement after taking second place in their region.
FCA was set to take on homestanding Nanih Waiya in a best of three series beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The results were too late for this week’s deadline.
The Lady Panthers earned that spot with an 11-1 win over McAdams last Thursday to clinch second place in the district, earning a spot in the playoffs in the process. Earlier in the week Ethel took a 9-1 win over FCA to lock down first place.
“We really are excited,” said FCA head coach Sarah Skidmore. “After what was kind of a disappointing regular season, it’s exciting to be able to go to the playoffs and keep on playing.
Madison Pender crunched a triple to lead FCA in the win over McAdams, while Meagan Jackson drove in three runs and Kassie Oswalt banged out a big hit.
“We have just been working on some things getting ready for the playoffs,” Skidmore said. “We have been working on our placement when it comes to hitting and have been focusing on both our infield and outfield defense. We just need to get better at catching the ball when we have the opportunities.”
The Lady Panthers picked up four wins during the regular season, defeating both McAdams and Coffeeville twice each.