The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools plays fast-pitch in the fall, with the pitching distance increased from 40 to 43 feet this year in accordance with a rule change by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
"It's going to have a big effect," Carroll Academy coach Rusty Miller said. "It's really going to open up the offense."
The three class champions were dominant teams last year. Led by Miss Softball Meredith Owen, Jackson Prep was 40-2-1 in winning AAA. Prairie View (La.) went 28-3 in AA, while Bayou went 44-4 in winning A for the fourth consecutive year.
There should be more balance across the board this year.
Championships for each class will be determined by an eight-team, double-elimination tournament Oct. 2 and 4 at Liberty Park in Flowood. There will not be an Academy Overall tournament for the second straight year.
Laurence Hilliard • firstname.lastname@example.org • August 11, 2010
1. Leake (6-0)
2. Bowling Green (7-1)
3. Bayou (6-1)
4. Veritas (7-1)
5. Copiah (5-1)