Lady Rockets, Rebelettes win championships
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:00 AM
Two local softball teams have wrapped up championships in their respective leagues.
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets outhit Philadelphia 14-5 as they took the victory at Burnside Park. This is the first crosstown game since 2010. Shown is Haley Lunderman at bat.
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets topped New Hope 15-5 last week to wrap up the Region 2-5A slow-pitch championship. And on Monday night, Leake Academy mowed down the competition as the Rebelettes won the Academy AA North Half for the third year in a row.
Leake Academy: 23-1
Neshoba Central: 15-3
Choctaw Central: 15-7
Philadelphia at SE Lauderdale *
Neshoba Central at Starkville *
Philadelphia at Neshoba Central
SE Lauderdale at Choctaw Central *
Lake at Union *
Choctaw Central at Neshoba Central
Union at NE Lauderdale
Clarkdale at Union *
Leake Academy in State Class AA fast-pitch tournament.
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Choctaw Central at Philadelphia *
NE Lauderdale at Neshoba Central
Union at SE Lauderdale
* Region games
The Rebelettes of Leake Academy dominated the North Half AA Tournament in every phase of the game.
Leake Academy gave up two hits in three tournament games while pounding 32 of their own. And pitcher Hannah Moore fired in 35 strikes as her team improved to 23-1 on the season.
The Rebelettes started tournament play Saturday as they dispatched of host Carroll Academy 11-0. On Monday, Leake Academy defeated Marshall 8-2 and then knocked off Canton Academy in the championship game, 2-0.
"We are playing about as well as we have all year," coach Doug Jones said. "We are hitting the ball well and our pitching speaks for itself. We are looking forward to the state tournament."
The Academy AA state tournament begins next Saturday at Liberty Park in Flowood. Leake Academy will open with No. 4 team from the South State tournament. Joining the Rebelettes from the North State tournament will be Canton Academy, Marshall and Prairie View. The South representatives were not available at press time.
Leake Academy 2
Canton Academy 0
Moore threw her second no-hitter of the North Half tournament as the Rebelettes blanked District 2AA rival Canton Academy.
Leake Academy scored one in the first and one in the third.
The Rebelettes pounded out five hits. Moore finished with two hits while Hannah Peoples and Katie Webb both hit a double and Anna Nowell hit a single.
Leake Academy 8
Marshall Academy 2
The Rebelettes pounded out 14 hits while holding Marshall to two.
Leake Academy scored one in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth and our in the sixth. Marshall scored one in the third and one in the fourth.
Moore finished with 11 strikeouts.
Katie Webb led the Rebelettes with two triples and a double. Nowell hit two doubles for the Rebelettes, while Hannah Peoples belted a triple and a double. Mary Grace Key hit two singles.
Leake Academy 11
Carroll Academy 0
The Rebelettes pounded out 13 hits as the opened the North Half tournament with a resounding win.
Leake Academy scored one in the first, seven in the second and three in the third.
Moore had 11 strikes and a no-hitter.
Peoples led the Rebelettes with a triple and a single while Nowell added two doubles. Webb hit two doubles and Chloe Thaggard had two singles.
Leake Academy 6
The Rebelettes closed out the regular season last Wednesday with a 6-0 win over Manchester.
Leake Academy scored two in the third, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Moore had 16 strike outs in that game. She helped her cause by hitting a double and a single. Webb and Key both hit a double and a single while Peoples hit a triple and Mariallen Moore added a double.
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets jumped out to a big lead in the first inning and never looked back in their win over New Hope.
That completed a two game sweep of the Lady Trojans, thus making Neshoba Central the region champions in slow-pitch for the first time in recent memory.
"Winning our region championship was our first goal," first year head coach Tra Embrey said. "But now we are looking forward to the playoffs. We will take it one round at a time."
Pitching has been one of the stories in the Lady Rockets' success so far. Their starting pitcher, Mallory Tucker broke a bone in her foot and tore a ligament and is out for the rest of the season. Meshay Jimmie stepped in and took the win over New Hope and also in a 12-1 win over Philadelphia.
"That was big," Embrey said. "She didn't give up any walks against New Hope. We hated to lose Mallory but she'll be back next year. We had to do some shuffling around but Meshay is getting it done."
Neshoba Central 15
New Hope 5
The Lady Rockets outhit New Hope 16-8 to claim the victory and the region championship.
Neshoba Central scored five in the first, eight in the third and two in the fifth. New Hope scored three in the third and two in the fifth.
Katlyn Duke hit a triple, two singles and two RBIs; Kayla Roberson had three hits and two RBIs; Kaila Willis had two hits; Ali Pike hit a single and two RBIs; Meshay Jimmie had two hits; and, Madalyn McMahon had two hits and a RBI.
Neshoba Central 12
The Lady Rockets outhit Philadelphia 14-5 as they took the victory at Burnside Park.
Neshoba Central scored four in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Hailey Lunderman hit two doubles, a single, and four RBIs. Duke added three triples, a double and a single while scoring four runs and knocking in another four. Maggie Peebles had two hits.
It was a tough week for the Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes as they dropped a key Region 5-3A game to Southeast Lauderdale and a 12-1 decision to local rival Neshoba Central
The Lady Tornadoes were to see the same two teams again at the first part of this week.
Philadelphia closes out the season next week with a home-and-away series with Choctaw Central.
SE Lauderdale 8
The Lady Tigers had a 15-9 hitting edge on the Lady Tornadoes.
Southeast Lauderdale scored three in the first and five in the second. Philadelphia answered with four in the third.
Alyssa Davis led the Lady Tornadoes with a triple and a single while Autumn Davis added two singles. Precious Sanders hit a triple and Dana Anderson added a double.
Neshoba Central 12
The Lady Rockets kept up a steady attack on the Lady Tornadoes.
Latesha Carter led the Philadelphia by going 2-for-2 while Jada White hit a double and a single.
Last week was a long one for the Lady Warriors who went 1-3 in five games.
The Lady Warriors opened the week with a 10-6 loss to Southeast Lauderdale. Choctaw Central bounced back to beat Noxapater 14-4. Then they lost two games on Saturday in the Houston tournament. First the Lady Warriors dropped a 4-3 decision to South Pontotoc, and then fell 10-1 to Mooreville.
SE Lauderdale 10
Choctaw Central 6
The Lady Tigers came on strong in the later innings as they defeated Choctaw Central in a key region game. The two teams were to play again Tuesday.
Southeast Lauderdale scored two in the second, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth. The Lady Warriors scored two in the third, three in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Jada Sockey led the Lady Warriors with two doubles and a single. Betty Mingo added a double and a single while Raina King hit two singles.
Choctaw Central 14,
The Lady Warriors pounded out 15 hits in their win over Noxapater.
Choctaw Central scored four in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth and six in the fifth. Noxapater scored one in the first and three in the fifth.
Mingo hit four singles; Relissa Ray had two singles; and, Candance Jefferson hit a double and a single.
South Pontotoc scored its runs in the late innings to beat Choctaw Central. King hit three singles and Jonica Thomas added a double and a single.
Mooreville outhit the Lady Warriors 15-7. Mingo and Jefferson both had two singles.
The Lady Yellowjackets dropped a pair of games last week. They fell 17-1 to Enterprise and 17-2 against Clarkdale.
Ebony Buckley hit a home run against Enterprise.