The Lady Toppers helped solidify their spot in the playoffs last week as they romped over the Lady Gators of Leake Central April 10 on the home field.
The Houston girls grabbed an early 8-1 lead through the first two innings but didn’t stop there.
In the top of the third the Lady Gators loaded the bases with two outs but junior Talaja Echoles snagged a pop-up at second to return the Lady Toppers to offense.
Chelsea Gates took two strikes, then ripped a line drive past shortstop for a double and Alexis McShan’s inside-the-park homer plated them both.
Mary Kansas Sullivan got a double past first base and Echoles sailed one over the left field fence to bring in two more runs and the Lady Toppers extended their lead to 12-1.
The Houston girls held Leake in the top of the fourth with two groundouts from third to first and a strike out.
In the top of the fifth, Taylor Lancaster replaced Madeline Burdine on the mound, getting two K and another groundout from third to first to end the game in five innings.
Playoffs, in which position?
The Lady Toppers still have a couple of district games left to play, as do their opponents in 4-4A, leaving room to jockey for playoff positions. Houston closed the week running neck-and-neck with Kosciusko and just behind West Lauderdale.
A win over Caledonia Thursday could shift them into a higher berth.
“We need to win over Caledonia because Kosy beat them twice,” said coach Jeffery Mann.
The Lady Toppers split games wtih Kosciusko earlier in the season so their placement could be determined by point differential.
“If that happens, we’ll be over Kosy because we beat them by more runs,” Mann said.
The Lady Toppers were set to start their week hosting West Lauderdale Tuesday. The Lady Knights (10-4, 6-0) currently hold the number one spot in division.
“It could change a lot,” Mann said. “We could be the number one, two or three. Just depends on what everyone else does.”
The Houston girls will wrap the regular season April 22 hosting Noxubee County in a double-header.