Lady Rockets claim region championship
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:00 PM
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets took a big step toward achieving their ultimate goal of winning a fifth straight Class 5A fast-pitch state championship last week in their 1-0 victory over Grenada.
Lady Rockets pitcher Aspen Wesley delivers to the plate.
The victory improved the Lady Rockets’ region record to 3-0 and clinched first place and a first round bye in the upcoming state playoffs. The Lady Rockets also defeated Northwest Rankin 8-0 and Raleigh 8-4. They enter the week with an 18-2 record.
“We have a first round bye and we’ll be the home team in the second round of the playoffs,” Coach Trae Embry said. “That’s what we wanted to do. We scored against Grenada and held on with good pitching and defense. We still have to play Germantown one more time but the region is settled.
“According to Max Preps, our strength of schedule is No. 1 in the state,” Coach Embry said. “We want to play the best competition we can find because it makes us better. This team is getting better and better. They have a lot of character and they work hard.”
Neshoba Central has two games slated for this week. They will host Germantown on Tuesday and Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Lady Rockets 8
NW Rankin 0
The Lady Rockets limited the Lady Cougars to three hits in their victory.
Neshoba Central scored two in the first, one in the second, four in the third and one in the sixth.
Aspen Wesley was the winning pitcher. She pitched four innings and Elleigh Willis pitched three.
Rivers Gray hit a triple and a single and knocked in two runs. Madalyn Thompson hit a double and a single, and Kylee Thompson hit a double. Tenly Grisham, MaKenzie Barnett and Wesley all hit a single.
Lady Rockets 1
The Lady Rockets scored in the first inning and held on to defeat Grenada and claim the region championship.
Grisham hit a triple and scored the game’s only run. Tori Henderson brought Grisham in with a double.
Wesley pitched seven innings, striking out 14 batters. Grenada only had one hit.
Wesley helped her cause with two hits and MaKenzie Barnett his a single.
Lady Rockets 8
The Lady Rockets took the early lead and held on to knock off Raleigh.
Neshoba Central scored one in the first, two in the second, three in the fourth and two in the fifth. Raleigh scored one in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Alexus Latham was the winning pitcher. She went seven innings. She had two strikeouts and allowed seven hits.
The Lady Rockets finished with nine hits. Grisham and Barnett both hit a triple and a single while Gray hit two singles. Hailey Williams, Willis and Henderson all hit a single.