Local teams look strong in classic openers
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:00 AM
The 2014 slow-pitch softball season got under way this past weekend with local teams competing in two classic games each.
Now, the regular season has started with several big local matchups. Neshoba Central was to play Choctaw Central Tuesday, and on Thursday, Philadelphia will visit the Lady Rockets. Also on Tuesday, Philadelphia was to play Union.
"We play three of the top teams in the area right off the bat," Neshoba Central Coach Trae Embry said. "We have Choctaw Central and Philadelphia this week, and Newton County next Tuesday."
Leake Academy, which is playing its fast-pitch season, faces a big test Saturday when the Rebelettes enter the Parklane Tournament in McComb.
"We expect to be matched up with the best team in the Class 3A division, including the defending champion Copiah Academy," said Leake Academy Coach Doug Jones. "And that's just the way we like it. We want to play against the best because it helps us to improve and get better."
Records and schedule
Leake Academy 6-0
Neshoba Central 2-0
Choctaw Central 2-0
Note: Leake Academy plays fast-pitch; the others play slow-pitch.
This week's games:
Tuesday, August 19
Choctaw Central at Neshoba Central
Union at Philadelphia
Leake Academy at Tri-County
Thursday, August 21
Philadelphia at Neshoba County
Manchester at Leake Academy
Union at Leake Central
Meridian at Choctaw Central
Saturday, August 23
Choctaw Central in the Leake Central tournament
Leake Academy in Parklane Academy tournament
The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes picked up two victories in the Newton County Classic Saturday.
The Lady Tornadoes defeated Clarkdale 11-1 and then stopped Union 7-4.
"We are still looking for consistency throughout the game," Lady Tornado Coach Austin McNair said. "We hit well in the first game but not so well in the second game. I was pleased with our defense. We made one error in two games and that's not bad."
The Lady Tornadoes outhit Clarkdale 16-4 to take the win over a longtime foe.
Philadelphia scored three in the first, two in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Clarkdale scored its run in the first.
Kambresha Griffin was the winning pitcher.
Alyssa Davis went 4-for-4 while also hitting a triple. Griffin, Jada White, Kenyatta Moore, Sydney Battle and T'Kambry Jordan all had two hits.
The Lady Tornadoes scored all of their runs in the first two innings and held on for the victory. Griffin was the winning pitcher.
Philadelphia scored five in the first and two in the second. Union answered with two in the first and two in the sixth.
Davis had two doubles and a single. Nia Luckett hit a triple and a single while Jada White hit a triple.
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets picked up two victories in the Newton County Classic.
The Lady Rockets scored all of their runs in the first inning as they defeated Quitman 11-1. In the second game, Neshoba Central topped Northwest Rankin 4-1.
"We still don't have the consistency we are looking for," Coach Trae Embry said. "We had a big first inning against Quitman and didn't score any more runs. We will be playing some of the top teams in the area and we are going to need to improve."
Mallory Tucker pitched in both games.
Choctaw Central scored 27 runs in their first two games as they picked two victories in the Kosciusko Classic.
The Lady Warriors defeated Leake Central 12-1 and the stopped Ethel 15-0.
"It was good to win but we still have plenty of things we have to work on," Coach Aaron Terrell said. "We need to get more consistent with our hitting."
Choctaw Central 12
Leake Central 1
The Lady Warriors exploded for 10 runs in the final two innings to knock off Leake Central.
Choctaw Central scored two in the third, seven in the sixth and three in the seventh. Leake Central's run came in the sixth.
Tiara Joes was the winning pitcher.
Choctaw Central outhit Leake Central 14-6. Brooklyn Bell led the Lady Warriors with two singles and a double, while Candace Jeffers hit three singles. Raina King belted a double.
Choctaw Central 15
The Lady Warriors banged out 17 hits while knocking off Ethel.
Choctaw Central scored seven in the first, two in the second, three in the fourth and three in the fifth. Joe was the winning pitcher.
Jada Sockey hit two singles and a double to pace Choctaw Central while Brooklyn Bell added three singles. Jordan Bell hit two singles.
After a week of weather delays, the Leake Academy Rebelettes got their season under way with a couple of victories.
Both games were on the road. The Rebelettes defeated Manchester 7-5, and then Winston Academy 6-1.
"We are doing a lot of good things," Coach Doug Jones said. "But we have plenty to work on. We need to be a little more consistent."
"Neither one of our wins were easy. We were trailing Manchester led 4-2 at one point and Winston played us hard."
Leake Academy 7
Annabell Watkins hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Rebelettes past Manchester in fast-pitch action.
Manchester had scored three in the first and one in the four and led 4-2 after four innings. Leake Academy scored two in the fifth to tie the game at 4-4. The Rebelettes went up 7-4 on Watkins' home run. Manchester added a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Annika Jones was the winning pitcher. She recorded four strikeouts.
The Rebelettes had a 6-4 hitting edge. Watkins had a single in addition to her triple. Brandy Quick hit a double and Rebekah Roberson added two RBIs.
Leake Academy 6
Winston Academy 1
Grace Dabbs struck out eight batters to lead the Rebelettes past Winston Academy.
The Rebelettes scored two in the first and four in the sixth. Winston's run came in the sixth inning.
Leake Academy had an 8-2 hitting edge. Bayly Moss and Jones both hit two singles to pace the Rebelettes while Watkins hit a double.
Union dropped two games against top competition Saturday in the Newton County Classic.
The Lady Yellowjackets dropped a 6-3 decision against Newton County and the fell 7-4 to Philadelphia.
"I thought we played well," Coach Jacob Casey said. "Except for a couple of innings, we played really good defense. This is a young team but showing improvement."
Newton County 6
Union held a 2-1 lead at one point but Newton County battled back to take the win.
The Lady Cougars scored one in the first, one in the fourth and four in the sixth. Union answered with two in the third and one in the sixth.
Mackenzie Dolan led Union with a double and a single while Averi Pender had two hits.
Union got behind early and couldn't come back in their game with Philadelphia.
Philadelphia scored five in the first and two in the second. Union scored two in the first and two in the sixth.
Union pounded out 11 hits. Pender hit two doubles. Kristen Kennedy, Haley Morgan, Lilly Burton and Baleigh Mitchell all had two hits.