The Mexico varsity softball team, 21-4 overall, began Class 3, District 8, at Southern Boone Thursday night against Southern Boone, 14-8 overall, which defeated Centralia, 15-9 overall, 1-0 in round one.

On the other side of the brackets Helias, 18-5 overall, also drew an opening round bye and started the playoffs Thursday against Fulton, 23-4 overall, after it eliminated Eldon, 6-10 overall, 4-3 in round one on Wednesday. Whichever two teams are left will then meet Saturday at noon to decide the championship.