Lady Rockets continue memorable season
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:00 AM
If the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets go on to win the state Class 5A championship in slow-pitch softball, that feat will be just one more accomplishment on a long list to be remember for the 2012 season.
Meshae Jimmie pictching against Clarkdale on Saturday for the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets.
Neshoba Central is currently 21-4 after closing out another high water mark week which saw them end Newton County's 68-game winning streak with a 9-7 victory. They also drummed Clarkdale 6-0 and Northeast Lauderdale 11-10.
Add the Newton County win to the 2012 list. The Lady Rockets are the Region 2-5A champions. And, they have swept top teams and rivals like New Hope, Clarkdale while Philadelphia also beating Quitman a couple of times.
"This is a tribute to our kids," first year head coach Trae Embrey said, "It shows that hard work can end with success. This year, 16 of the teams we played were ranked in one of the polls at the time so this shows we are playing good competition.
"We have been playing good defense and we have been hitting the ball," Embrey said. "That's a winning combination. Now we are looking forward to the playoffs."
The Lady Rockets have drawn a first round bye to the playoffs which gets under way on Tuesday. Their first game will be Saturday against the winner of Yazoo City and Saltillo.
Neshoba Central 9
Newton County 7
The Lady Rockets evened a two-game series with the Lady Cougars with their victory Thursday night. Earlier in the year, they dropped a 2-0 decision to Newton County.
But it wasn't easy as Neshoba Central found itself trailing 4-1 after two innings.
Neshoba Central cranked up their bats for three doubles in the third inning which brought in two runs. Katlyn Duke led off with a double with Ali Pike and Kaila Willis also connecting on a two-bagger. Two runs scored and the Lady Rockets trailed 4-3.
Neshoba Central went on to plate a run in the fourth inning and another in the fifth while Newton County answered with one in the fifth.
The score was tied at 5-5 going into the top of the sixth and that's when Neshoba Central took control as they scored four runs with two outs. Willis belted a double to score two runs and senior Miranda Crenshaw later hit a single that brought in two more runs and Neshoba Central led 9-5.
Newton County came back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth but the Lady Rockets would hold on in the seventh to claim the win.
The Lady Rockets finished with 13 hits. Crenshaw and Duke both hit a double and a single while Willis added two doubles and two RBIs. Madalyn McMahon hit a double and two singles.
Neshoba Central 11
NE Lauderdale 10
The Lady Rockets got a little more than they expected from Northeast Lauderdale who came ready to play.
Neshoba Central scored three in the first, four in the third and four in the fifth. The Lady Trojans answered with two in in the first, two in the third and six in the sixth.
Neshoba Central finished with a 12-11 hitting edge. Willis connected on two singles, a double, and two RBIs; Meshay Jimmie added a double and a single; Duke hit a triple and scored three runs; and, McMahon had two singles.
Neshoba Central 6
The Lady Rockets closed out the regular season with a shut out win over Clarkdale.
Neshoba Central scored three in the third and three in the fifth. They had an 11-2 hitting edge.
Duke finished with a home run, a triple and a single while Pike and Hailey Lunderman both hit two singles.