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October 5, 2013

Championship chase starts today for softball teams

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Region 7-2A

When the season started, Murray County’s biggest goal was reaching the Class 2A state playoffs.

That hasn’t changed, and now is the time for the Lady Indians (13-15) to channel the regular season’s ups and dismiss the downs.

The Lady Indians went 10-4 overall and 4-1 in region play through the first half of the season. The second half wasn’t so kind, with Murray County at one point dropping six in a row and eight of nine games.

But the Lady Indians closed the regular season with two wins in the final three games, with the loss coming against No. 1 seed Calhoun.

“We have turned around,” Murray County coach Sandra Johnston said. “We had a tough spot in the middle, but we are playing better.”

The Lady Indians enter the region tournament the No. 5 seed and will play fourth-seeded Chattooga at noon today. The winner faces Calhoun at 2 p.m., while the loser doesn’t play again until Monday.

Knocking off Chattooga in the first round would be a good start to finishing in the final four.

“When we started out the year, we had individual goals and team goals and everyone turned them in,” Johnston said. “Reaching state was one of the team goals. ... We just have to hit.”

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