Lady Rockets split in college showcase classic
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:00 AM
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets went 1-1 over the weekend in the Gulfport fast-pitch classic which was a showcase for college and high school teams.
The Lady Rockets lost a 6-3 decision to St. Martin in the first game on Friday and then bounced back to defeat Oak Grove 8-6 in a Saturday game. The Neshoba Central junior varsity scored a win over George County.
"We ran into a very good pitcher in the first game, and we had some errors that hurt us," Coach Trae Embry said. "But we came back and played a good game against Oak Grove. No excuses about the loss. We take them one game at a time."
St. Martin went up 3-0 after two innings and added one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Neshoba Central's scored two in the fourth and one in the sixth. The Lady Rockets had four hits, led by Kaila Willis with two hits. Meg Martin was the losing pitcher.
The game with Oak Grove was a battle of last year's state champs. The Lady Rockets are the defending Class 5A and Oak Grove is the defending Class 6A.
Hailey Lunderman led the game off with a home run and finished with two hits. The Lady Rockets scored three more in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth. Oak Grove scored one in the third and five in the fifth.
The Lady Rockets banged out nine hits while allowing six. Kayla McKinion was the winning pitcher.
Katlyn Duke hit a home run and a single while Madalyn McMahon added two hits.
The Lady Rockets were to host Philadelphia on Tuesday. They are to visit Clarkdale on Thursday and host Newton County on Friday.