The Mitchell ReportAs I mentioned in my column on Wednesday, it’s getting really close to playoff time again. That isn’t true for just baseball, but also fast-pitch softball.
There’s only one fast-pitch softball team playing right now and they are the Lady Panthers of Yazoo County.
The MHSAA softball playoffs are similar to the baseball brackets. Three teams from each district will advance to the playoffs with the district champions receiving a first-round bye. For the Lady Panthers, the No. 1 seed is the ultimate goal, but they’ll have to fight Cleveland and Germantown, no slouches on the diamond, for the top spot.
Cleveland has a great softball program, but is nothing like it was four years ago when they won a state championship. Germantown is playing its first season, but that doesn’t mean much. They can play with the best of them. (Greenwood is also in the district, but, barring a major upset, I don’t see them making the playoffs.)
However, the Lady Panthers have one unique quality that could put themselves above everyone else in the district and that’s a dominant pitcher who throws in the 50-55 mph range and an experienced infield that knows what to do in any situation.
It’s a combination you can find on pretty much any state championship team. Now, I’m not predicting Yazoo County to win a state title.
At least this year I’m not.
In the years coming though, as long as they stay healthy, teams in Mississippi will be on the lookout for the Lady Panthers.