After a week layoff, the Oxford Chargers will return to the baseball diamond Tuesday to begin the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs.<>
Oxford (27-0 overall) will play Center Hill (14-12) in a best-of-three series that begins at Edwin Moak Field. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. The contest can be heard on 95.5 FM with Don Brooks calling the action.
The second game of the series will be in Olive Branch on Thursday, while a third game, if necessary, would be played on Friday back at Oxford. The Chargers earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs by winning the 2-5A title.
Center Hill comes into the series having defeated Vicksburg in two games in the first round. Two similar opponents for the Chargers and Mustangs are Lafayette and Olive Branch. The Commodores defeated Center Hill 1-0 to open the season and 4-2 later in the season. Center Hill also lost both matchups to Olive Branch, with the second a one-run loss in eight innings.
West Lauderdale (19-5) will visit W.V. Brewer Field on Tuesday night at 6. The Knights, who knocked the Commodores out of the 4A playoffs last season, swept Corinth to set up the matchup. Lafayette (20-5) also swept its series in the first round, defeating Yazoo City 11-1 and 8-1 last Thursday.
A second game will be played in Collinsville, while a third game, would be played at Lafayette on Friday night.