Neshoba Central Lady Rockets Katlyn Duke gets a high five from Coach Trae Embry Saturday in New Albany after her Grand Slam Home Run.
Neshoba Central Lady Rockets Katlyn Duke gets a high five from Coach Trae Embry Saturday in New Albany after her Grand Slam Home Run.
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets made their presence known last week as they scored 65 runs in five games and improved to 11-0 on the season.

The Lady Rockets played in a big tournament in New Albany and rolled over three of the top teams in north Mississippi.

Choctaw Central also enters the week with 11 victories but the Lady Warriors are coming off their first loss of the season Saturday in a decision to Quitman in the Meridian tournament. The Lady Rockets visit Choctaw Central on Thursday.

Philadelphia went 3-for-4 last week. However, Leake Academy went 3-for-5 and lost a district game to Canton Academy, a first for the school in years. The Rebelettes were to get another shot at Canton Academy on Monday.

Local records at start of the week:

Neshoba Central 1-0

Choctaw Central 11-1

* Leake Academy 12-4

Philadelphia 8-4

Union 2-8

* Leake Academy is playing fast-pitch

Monday

Leake Academy at Canton Academy

Choctaw Central at Raleigh

Newton County at Philadelphia

Tuesday

Neshoba Central at Ridgeland

Choctaw Central at Leake Central

Oak Hill at Leake Academy

Union at Enterprise

Thursday

Neshoba Central at Choctaw Central

Philadelphia at Quitman

Union at Newton County

Saturday

Choctaw Central in New Albany tournament vs. Tishomingo County and Albany

Winona at Philadelphia

Leake Academy in Jackson Prep tournament

Union at Southeast Lauderdale

Neshoba Central

The Lady Rockets are taking care of business as they look to defend their state Class 5A slow-pitch softball championship next month.

"We are taking them one game at a time," Lady Rockets Coach Trae Embry said. "We are hitting the ball at the right time and we are playing good defense. We are having a good time."

The Lady Rockets started the week by knocking off Clarkdale 11-0 and Canton High School 17-0. They then entered the Roberson's Sportswear Tournament in New Albany where they defeated Nettleton 10-0, Kossuth 13-0, and Corinth 14-9.

The Lady Rockets scored all 11 runs in the fourth inning as they put away Clarkdale. Hannah Williams led the Lady Rockets with a double and two singles; Katlyn Duke hit a home run while Kayla Robertson and Mashay Jimmie both hit a double. Jimmie was the winning pitcher.

The Lady Rockets then overpowered Canton for a Region 4-5A win. Jimmie hit a home run and a double while Madalyn McMahon and Kayla McKinion both added a home run. Kaila Willis added a double and a triple Hailey Lunderman hit two doubles.

The Lady Rockets kept up a steady attack to defeat Nettleton in the first tournament game. The Lady Rockets scored one in the first, two in the third, three in the fifth and three in the seventh.

Lunderman went 3-for-4; Williams hit a home run and a triple; Duke hit a home run and a double; Robertson went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two singles; Allie Pike hit a home run and a single; Jimmie, Willis bad Maggie Peebles all hit a double and a single; and McKinion added two singles. Jimmie was the winning pitcher.

Neshoba Central scored all 13 of its runs in the third inning to send Kossuth packing. Lunderman hit a triple and a single; Duke added a home run and two singles; Willis hit a double and two RBIs; and Mallory Tucker hit a double and a single. Tucker was the winning pitcher.

The Lady Rockets had to rally to beat Corinth. Neshoba Central scored one in the first, four in the second, six in the third and three in the fourth. Corinth scored two in the first, four in the second and three in the third.

Lunderman hit three doubles; Williams had a double and two singles; Duke hit a grand slam home run and a double; and, Robertson, Willis and Tucker all went 2-for-3. Tucker was the winning pitcher.

Philadelphia

The Lady Tornadoes won three of their four games last week and improved to 8-4 on the season.

Philadelphia started the week by defeating East Webster 6-2 and Sebastopol 12-7. They entered the Union tournament where they posted a 16-1 decision over Leake Central before losing a 5-3 decision to Sebastopol.

"We have been playing well but we have to get better," Lady Tornado Coach Austin McNair said. "Our competition is about to start improving."

The Lady Tornadoes led early in their win over East Webster. Philadelphia scored three in the first, one in the third and two in the fourth. The Lady Wolverines answered with a run in the fourth and one in the sixth. Autumn Davis added two singles while Precious Sanders went 3-for-3 to lead Philadelphia. Kambresha Griffin hit a triple and Sydney Battle connected on a double.

Philadelphia got off to another good start in its win over Sebastopol, scoring five in the first, three in the second, two in the fourth and two in the sixth. The Lady Bobcats answered with one in the second, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth. Philadelphia had an 18-10 hitting edge. Alyssa Davis belted two triples; Jada White went 4-for-4 with two doubles; Autumn Davis hit a three-run home run; Sanders and Marsha Hunt both hit a triple; and, Kenyatta Moore hit a double.

The Lady Tornadoes cranked out 23 hits in their win over Leake Central. Alyssa Davis hit two triples and a double to lead Philadelphia. Sanders and White both added a triple while Griffin hit a double and Sydney Battle went 3-for-4.

Sebastopol held Philadelphia to three hits in its win over the Lady Tornadoes. Battle went 2-for-2 and Hunt hit a double.

Choctaw Central

The Lady Warriors improved to 11-1 last week but took their first loss of the season.

Choctaw Central opened the week with a 5-2 win over Sebastopol and a 10-0 win over Forest. They entered the Meridian tournament where they bested Nanih Waiya 9-4 but then lost an 11-6 decision to Quitman.

Jasmine Hickman hit a home run and a single to lead the Lady Warriors vs. Sebastopol. Candace Jefferson added three hits and Jonica Thomas had two hits.

The Lady Warriors banged out 10 hits in their win over Forest. Hickman hit two home runs Raina King hit one homer. Lashayla McMillan hit a pair of doubles.

Hickman had the big bat vs. Leake Central has she hit two triples and two singles. Thomas added three triples and Sockey hit a double and a single.

A nine-run fourth inning lifted Quitman past Choctaw Central. Thomas had three singles and Sockey hit a double and a single.

Leake Academy

The Leake Academy Rebelettes will be trying to bounce back as they faced two District 2AA games early in the week.

The Rebelettes lost a 4-2 decision to Canton Academy last week which was the first district loss for the program in recent memory. The two teams were to play again Monday at Canton. The Rebelettes were to also take on Oak Hill Tuesday, and then play in the Jackson Prep tournament on Saturday.

Canton Academy scored two runs on an error in the top of the eighth inning and then held on to win last week. Chloe Thaggard was the losing pitcher. Thaggard and Rebekah Roberson led the Rebelettes with two hits.

Leake Academy then played in the Carroll Academy tournament. The Rebelettes won their pool, defeating Calhoun 15-0, Marshall 7-2 and Madison-Ridgeland Academy 5-0. But in the semifinals, they dropped a 2-1 decision to Bayou Academy.

Bayou Academy would lose to Silliman, La., 6-3 in the tournament finals.

Against Calhoun Academy, the Rebelettes scored seven in the first, five in the second and three in the third. Leake Academy had a 7-1 hitting edge led by Grace Dabbs and Bayly Moss with each hitting a double, and Katie Webb with two hits. Annika Jones was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts.

The Rebelettes scored four in the first and three in the fourth as they eased past Marshall Academy. Mary Grace Key hit a triple; Webb added a double; and, Jones and Roberson both connected on two singles each. Thaggard was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts.

Thaggard limited MRA to one hit in the Rebelettes' win. Leake Academy scored one in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth.

Mariallen Moore had three singles while Dabbs and Thaggard both had one double. Thaggard struck out seven batters.

Bayou Academy took advantage of a Rebelette miscue to take the 2-1 win. Leake Academy had an 8-4 hitting edge led by Moss and Roberson with two hits each.

Union

The Lady Yellowjackets went 0-4 last week. Union lost to Newton County 11-0, Louisville 6-5, and 14-11 to Sebastopol.

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