Two strong pitching performances from Ciara Steward and timely hitting on the part of Mallory Tucker and Alison Lyon helped lift the Oxford Lady Chargers to a series sweep of Starkville in the opening round of the MHSAA’s Class 5A playoffs.
The Lady Chargers topped the Lady Yellow Jackets 6-5 in the opener Friday and then beat SHS 7-4 on Saturday at home.
OHS coach Lauren Hill described both contests as “nail biters” and contests that showed her team’s ability to compete.
Hill said Steward pitched well in the opener and even better in the second game, one that advances the Lady Chargers on to a meeting with McComb.
The best-of-three series begins at OHS on Thursday at 5 p.m. (April 23, 2012, Page 3B)