Lady Warriors win over Rockets 9-6
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:00 AM
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors scored eight runs in the fifth inning to knock off previously undefeated Neshoba Central 9-6 in slow-pitch softball action.
"Choctaw Central has a good team and they beat us," Neshoba Central Coach Trae Embry said. "We haven't been hitting the ball consistently and it cost us. Our hats are off to them."
The Lady Warriors went 5-0 last week.
Other local highlights saw Philadelphia hand Quitman High School its first loss of the season in a 9-6 decision. The Lady Tornadoes visit Neshoba Central on Thursday night.
All four local teams will be in tournament action on Saturday. Leake Academy will enter the Class AA North Half fast-pitch tournament at Bayou Academy. Philadelphia and Neshoba Central each have two games in the West Lauderdale tournament which will be held at Sammie Davidson Park in Meridian. And Choctaw Central plays in the Houston tournament.
Local records at start of the week:
Choctaw Central 16-1
Neshoba Central 12-1
* Leake Academy 17-5
* Leake Academy is playing fast-pitch
Quitman at Choctaw Central
Velma Jackson at Choctaw Central (2 games)
Manchester at Leake Academy
Neshoba Central at Madison Ridgeland
Philadelphia at Neshoba Central
Choctaw Central vs. East Webster in Houston tournament.
Neshoba Central vs. Harrison Central and Poplarville in West Lauderdale tournament at Sammie Davidson Complex.
Philadelphia vs. d'Iberville and Clarkdale in the West Lauderdale tournament.
Leake Academy in the North Half tournament at Bayou Academy
The Lady Warriors picked up five victories last week. They opened the week with a 10-0 win over Raleigh and then stopped Leake Central 8-4. The Lady Warriors bested Neshoba Central 9-6 on Thursday and then played two games in the New Albany tournament. First they defeated Mooreville 10-5 and then they dropped Tishomingo County 14-3.
"We are playing well," Choctaw Central Coach Aaron Terrell said. "But right now, we are 0-0 in district and those are the games that are going to count. We have some big games coming up and those are the ones we have to focus on."
Tiara Joe was the pitcher in all five games.
Hannah Hickman had three singles and Raina King added two doubles to lead the Lady Warriors over Raleigh.
The Lady Warriors outhit Leake Central 15-6 in their game. Jonica Thomas hit two home runs. Hickman hit a home run and two singles while LaShayla McMillan added three singles.
Neshoba Central led 3-1 going into the fifth inning. The Lady Warriors came back to score eight runs in the fifth and claimed the win. Hickman hit a home run. McMillan added a double and a single while Brooklyn Bell had two singles.
The Lady Warriors came out swinging against Mooreville as they scored five in the first, three in the second, one in the fourth and one in the sixth. Gu'yu'eze Morris had four singles while Jada Sockey went 3-for-4.
It was more of the same against Tishomingo County. Hickman led with two home runs, including one grand slam. Sockey hit a single, a double and a grand slam homer.
The Lady Rockets turn their attention to region action this week as they were to play at Madison Central.
This year, Neshoba Central is playing in the Region 4-5A-6A along with Madison Central, Ridgeland and Canton.
"They put the 5As and 6A schools together this year," said Coach Embry. "Last year, we had to worry about New Hope. But they aren't in our district in slow-pitch. We'll have to take them one game at a time."
The Lady Rockets split two games last week, beating Ridgeland 15-0, and then losing to Neshoba Central.
Against Choctaw Central, Madalyn McMahon hit a two-run homer. Hailey Lunderman added a home run while Katlyn Duke went 4-for-5.
The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes went 2-1 last week.
They started the week with a 10-3 loss to Newton County, and then bounced back to beat Quitman 7-5, and Winona 15-0.
Precious Sanders, Kambresha Griffin and Marsha Hunt all went 2-for-3 for the Lady Tornadoes in their loss to Newton County.
Philadelphia's win over Quitman was the Lady Panthers' first loss of the season. Hunt went 4-for-4; Alyssa Davis had three singles and Griffin added a double.
Sanders belted a home run for the Lady Tornadoes in their win over Winona. Davis went 3-for-3 while Griffin and Hunt both hit a double.
The Rebelettes wrapped up their regular season Tuesday at home against Manchester and will be playing the Class AA North Half Tournament starting Saturday at Bayou Academy.
The semifinals and finals will be held next Monday. Eight teams will be entering the tournament with the top four moving on to the state tournament the following weekend.
Last week, the Rebelettes took a win over Oak Hill 10-2. They then entered the Jackson Prep tournament where they scored wins over Copiah Academy 3-2 and Winona 5-0 before being eliminated by East Rankin, 1-0.
Bayly Moss hit two doubles and a single to lead the Rebelettes past Oak Hill. Alahan King was the winning pitcher.
Chloe Thaggard had nine strike outs in the Rebelettes' win over Copiah Academy. Katie Webb hit a double and a single.
Mary Grace Key, Anika Jones and Thaggard all hit a double against Winona.
East Rankin scored one run in the first and the two teams locked into a defensive struggle afterwards. Leake Academy had a 3-2 hitting edge.