For the sake of being biased, I will avoid doing Oxford & Starkville - which I fully believe we SHOULD sweep.
Capsule: Hernando vs. Neshoba Central - Hernando is the defending 5A North Half Champion and Neshoba Central was ranked as high as 3rd in the Clarion-Ledger poll at one point this season - somehow meet in the 2nd Round. I have seen Hernando once this year and the one time I've seen them, they are scrappy. Neshoba found a way to lose to Yazoo City three times this season to put themselves in the play-in round against Callaway (which they soundly defeated in two games). Starkville defeated Yazoo City twice - that's all I can say about that. This series is opposite Oxford & Starkville.
Prediction: Hernando Sweeps.
Capsule: Ridgeland vs. Center Hill - Ridgeland has by far the easiest region to get out as a 1-seed of with Provine, Callaway and Lanier not having much if any baseball history. Center Hill has been a scrappy bunch that seems to finally found some offense after not finding much at the start of the year. Ridgeland was the 5A Champions in 2011 - which is where their last playoff win came from. Oxford swept them in 2012 and they likely still remember the sting from blowing the 6-run lead at Oxford and blew a 4-2 lead in that Game 1 at home in their implosion in that game. The Titans are a good team, that won't happen twice. Center Hill I don't believe has enough to get by the Titans - but the Mustangs in other sports proved me wrong before (with teams NOT named Oxford)...but...
Prediction: Ridgeland Sweeps.
Capsule: Yazoo City vs. New Hope - Yazoo City returned everyone that the Chargers eliminated last year in the playoffs when Oxford had to go through the 1st Round - which might stand as to why they won their division this year. New Hope has just stumbled lately losing 5 times in April including a gut-wrenching loss at home to Oxford that put them in this situation. New Hope beat a below-average team in Lake Cormorant that did not ever show much offense all year. Yazoo City has had their most successful year in baseball (or any sport besides Basketball) in a long time. But their last playoff win? That is the hanging question mark. Can Yazoo City defeat traditional power New Hope in the playoffs? Inexperience in this position usually tells me no.
Prediction: New Hope in 3.
In the South:
South Jones vs. East Central: East Central in 3.
Pearl vs. Picayune: Picayune in 3.
Pearl River Central vs. Stone: PRC in 3.
Pascagoula vs. West Jones: Pascagoula Sweeps.
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