Lady Rockets advance to North State finals
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:00 AM
It took a few extra days but the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets advanced to the next round of the playoffs with a win over Lake Cormorant on Saturday.
Kayla McKinion gets ready to pitch for Neshoba Central against New Hope on Monday.
Neshoba Central won game one 9-8 last week. But last Monday night, they dropped a 7-4 decision in a game that was called because of rain. The Lady Rockets were to play game three on Friday but it was moved back to Saturday because of rain. And then on the way back to Lake Cormorant for that game, the Lady Rockets learned the time had been moved back another hour because of wet grounds.
"We came back home after the second game, and the next day we had a terrible practice," Coach Trae Embry said. "But we took batting practice the next couple of days and got ready to play.
"We tried not to dwell on the second game. We just got ready to do our best and that's all we could control."
Neshoba Central won the third game, 7-5. The Lady Rockets scored one in the first and six in the sixth. Lake Cormorant scored four in the third and one in the fifth.
Katlyn Duke hit a double and a home run to lead the Lady Rockets while Meg Martin hit a home run and had two RBIs. Hailey Lunderman had two singles while Ali Pike hit a double and a single.
Kayla McKinion was the winning pitcher.
The Lady Rockets advanced to the North State Class 5A finals against New Hope. They lost game one 5-2. Games two and three, if necessary, were to be played at New Hope on Tuesday night. The winner advances to the state finals this weekend in Ridgeland.
The Lady Rockets tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning. But the Lady Trojans came back with two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Neshoba Central went into Tuesday night with a 26-8 record.