Lady Warriors off to 6-0 start
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:00 AM
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors have jumped out to a 6-0 start after two weeks of play in slow-pitch softball action.
Neshoba Central's Kayla Robertson comes home after hitting an inside the park home run that lifted the Lady Rockets over Philadelphia, 3-2.
The Lady Warriors went 4-0 last week which included picking up a pair of wins in the Leake Central tournament.
Also undefeated is 4-0 Neshoba Central which picked up wins over Union and Philadelphia last week.
And in an unusual turn of events, the Leake Academy Rebelettes lost two games in the Parklane tournament over the weekend.
Local records at start of the week:
* Leake Academy 9-2
Choctaw Central 6-0
Neshoba Central 4-0
* Leake Academy is playing fast-pitch
This week's games:
Union at Philadelphia
Choctaw Central at Meridian
Leake Academy at Oak Hill
Newton County at Neshoba Central
Sebastopol at Choctaw Central
Neshoba Central at Louisville
Velma Jackson at Philadelphia (2)
Union at Clarkdale
Philadelphia at Winona
Northeast Lauderdale at Union
Coach Aaron Terrell said this is no time for the Lady Warriors to be celebrating their early success.
"We really played well last week," Terrell said. "We just have to keep focused and working hard."
Tiara Joe was the pitcher for the Lady Warriors in all four of last week's games.
The Lady Warriors opened the week with a 19-3 win over Louisville. They followed up with a 12-3 win over Meridian High School. In the Leake Central tournament, the Lady Warriors defeated Noxapater 10-0 and Sebastopol 9-2.
Against Louisville, Choctaw Central scored two in the second, 14 in the third and three in the fourth. Louisville scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth. LaShayla McMillan led with a home run and a double. Brooklyn Bell connected on a double and two singles while Jonica Thomas had three singles.
The Lady Warriors banged out 15 hits in their win over Meridian. Choctaw Central scored three in the first, four in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth. The Lady Wildcats answered with three in the sixth. Raina King led the Lady Warriors with two doubles and a single. Candace Jefferson added two singles and a double while McMillan had three singles.
The Lady Warriors started quick against Noxapater as they scored six in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. Lachrisha Williams hit three singles to lead the Lady Warriors while Bell added two singles.
The Lady Warriors then scored seven in the sixth inning to pull away from Sebastopol in the final game of the week. Jasmine Hickman had four hits to lead the Lady Warriors while Bell and Gu'yu'eze Morris both had two hits.
The Rebelettes went 3-2 last week as they lost two games in the Parklane tournament on Saturday.
Leake Academy beat Tri-County 7-1 and Manchester 4-0 in a pair of week day District 2-AA games. They started Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Copiah Academy which is the No. 2 ranked AAA school in the state. The Rebelettes bounced back to beat East Rankin Academy 1-0, and then lost a 2-1 decision to Parklane Academy, the No. 1 AAA school in the state.
"We wanted to play the best competition and this will make us better," Leake Academy Coach Doug Williams said. "We were in all three games and they all could have gone either way."
Chloe Thaggard was the pitcher in all five games last week.
The Rebelettes outhit Tri-County 11-2. Leake Academy scored two in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth and two in the seventh. Tri-County answered with one in the fourth. Grace Dabbs and Annika Jones both had two hits. Bayly Moss added a double and a single while Katie Webb and Rebekah Roberson both hit a double. Thaggard had eight strikeouts in this game.
It was more of the same vs. Manchester as the Lady Rebels had a 9-1 hitting edge. Leake Academy scored two in the first, one in the third and one in the sixth. Thaggard had 13 strikeouts in this game. Dabbs hit a double and a single while Thaggard had two singles. Moss and Roberson both hit a double.
Copiah scored one in the fourth and one in the fifth to top the Rebelettes. Both teams had three hits. Moss, Roberson and Mariallen Moore all had a single for Leake Academy. Thaggard recorded eight strikeouts.
The Rebelettes scored one run in the first and held on to beat East Rankin. Thaggard pitched a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Mary Grace Key had two hits while Webb hit a double.
Parklane scored one in the fourth and one in the fifth while Leake Academy scored its run in the fifth. Webb and Moore both hit a double.
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets remained undefeated last week with a pair of wins over local rivals.
The Lady Rockets banged out 21 hits in their 15-1 win over Union.
They came back to best Philadelphia 3-2 in a close game in which they only mustered three hits. Kayla Robertson hit a two-run inside the park home run in the fourth inning to lift the Lady Rockets to victory.
"We aren't hitting consistently," Coach Trey Embry said. "But we are going to be all right. We just have to keep working."
The Lady Tornadoes went 1-1 last week. They started the week with a 16-14 win over Sebastopol and then dropped a 3-2 decision to Neshoba Central.
Sebastopol outhit Philadelphia 23-19 but the Lady Tornadoes scored the most runs. Alyssa Davis hit two home runs to lead Philadelphia. Marsha Hunt added a home run and a double and P'Kambry Jordan hit a triple.
Neshoba Central scored all of its runs in the fourth inning against the Lady Tornadoes. Philadelphia scored one in the second and one in the fifth. Philadelphia had 10 hits. Autumn Davis and Alyssa Davis both hit a double while Precious Sanders and Jordan both had two singles.
"We played better against Neshoba Central," Coach Austin McNair said. "We are coming along."
The Lady Yellowjackets dropped two games last week, falling 15-1 to Neshoba Central and 18-10 to Enterprise.
No other details were available.
Union was to visit Philadelphia on Monday and Clarkdale on Thursday. They close out the week on Saturday at home against Northeast Lauderdale.