MACJC softball post-season format sees dramatic change

            POPLARVILLE --- Dramatic post-season changes are set for the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) for the 2014 season.
            The state’s 14 community colleges have adopted a new playoff format identical to baseball’s with an initial best-of-three series (North No. 1 hosting South No. 4, South No. 1 hosting North No. 2, North No. 2 hosting South No. 3, South No. 2 hosting North No. 3) set for April 25-26.
The four winners of those series earn berths in the MACJC State Tournament set for May 2-4 at the highest-seeded North Division team’s home field. Should only South squads win the series, the state event will be played at the highest-seeded South team.
In addition, a new double-elimination set up will be in place for the state tournament.
            The 2013 NJCAA Region 23 Tournament will be hosted by the highest-seeded South Division team in the state event. That tournament will be played May 8-10 at Traceway Park in Canton, which will also host the NJCAA National Tournament May 14-17. The top two finishers in the regional event will earn national tournament berths.
            Twelve-year Pearl River head coach Leigh White welcomes the new set up.
            “It’s going to be a tremendous boost for our league,” said White, whose Lady Wildcats were 2010 MACJC champions. “And particularly the double-elimination part. Last year, one error on our part sent us home from the tournament and eliminated us from any chance at a title.
“I believe every coach in our league will agree that this is a great move.”

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