Local teams play softball this weekend
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:00 AM
Choctaw Central and Neshoba Central are still undefeated as the slow-pitch softball season heads into September.
The Lady Warriors stand at 8-0 while Neshoba Central is 6-0.
Hightlights from last week included:
- The number of hits produced last week: Choctaw Central had 37 in two games; Philadelphia had 48 in four games; and, Neshoba Central had 26 in two games;
- Neshoba Central's Katlyn Duke hit two home runs against Newton County and one against Louisville;
Neshoba Central's 6-2 win over Newton County and Union's 3-1 win over Clarkdale;
- Choctaw Central's Raina King knocking in the winning run vs. Sebastopol in a game that went nine innings;
All five local teams will play in tournaments this weekend. Union hosts its own invitational which will include Philadelphia. Choctaw Central plays in the Meridian tournament, Neshoba Central is entered in the Roberson Sporting Goods tournament in New Albany, and Leake Academy is entered in the Carroll Academy tournament.
Local records at start of the week:
Choctaw Central 8-0
Neshoba Central 6-0
* Leake Academy 10-2
* Leake Academy is playing fast-pitch
Choctaw Central at Sebastopol
East Webster at Philadelphia
Neshoba Central at Clarkdale
Canton Academy at Leake Academy
Newton County at Union
Forest at Choctaw Central
Sebastopol at Philadelphia
Neshoba Central at Canton
Union at Lake
Choctaw Central in Meridian tournament vs. Nanih Waiya at 10 a.m., Quitman at 11:30 a.m.
Union tournament schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. - Philadelphia vs. Leake Central; 11:30 - Louisville vs. Leake Central; 1 p.m. - Philadelphia vs. Sebastopol; 2:30 p.m. - Louisville at Union; 4 p.m. - Sebastopol vs. Union);
Neshoba Central in the Roberson Sporting Goods tournament in New Albany;
Leake Academy in the Carroll Academy Tournament.
Raina King knocked in the winning run as the Lady Warriors defeated Sebastopol 9-8 in extra innings.
The Lady Warriors scored two in the first, two in the second, one in the third and two in the seventh. Sebastopol answered with six in the fourth and one in the seventh and the score was knotted at 7-7. The Lady Bobcats went up 8-7 in the top of the ninth. Choctaw Central tied the score in the bottom half of the inning and then King got her big hit.
Choctaw Central finished with 19 hits. LaShayla McMillan hit two doubles and two singles to lead Choctaw Central. Brooklyn Bell hit a double and two singles while Jasmine Hickman added two doubles.
The Lady Warriors also picked up a win over Meridian High School 10-1. The Lady Warriors scored one in the first, one in the second, six in the fourth and two in the sixth. Meridian's run came in the second inning.
The Lady Warriors finished with 18 hits. McMillan had two doubles and two singles. Bell and Gy'yu'eze both had two singles.
"We are hitting the ball," Coach Aaron Terrell said. "We have just got to keep it up."
The Lady Tornadoes picked four victories last week. First, they topped Union 9-1. They then swept Velma Jackson 18-0 and 16-0 for a pair of Region 5-3A wins, and then stopped Winona 21-3.
Philadelphia banged out nine hits in its win over Union. The Lady Tornadoes scored four in the third, two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Kambresha Griffin hit a triple and Sydney Battle added a double.
The Lady Tornadoes had little trouble in sweeping Velma Jackson. Griffin, Precious Sanders, Autumn Davis and Kenyatta Moore all had two singles; Alyss Davis and Marsha Hunt both added a triple; and, Isabella Fulton hit a double.
In game two, Hunt hit a triple, Shuntay Willis added a double, and Shania Moore and Jordan Gray both hit a single.
Against Winona, the Lady Tornadoes scored four in the first and 17 in the second inning to claim the win. Philadelphia had 22 hits. T'Kambry Jordan hit a triple and a double. Davis, Griffin, Autumn Davis and Sanders all hit a double.
"We are glad to win but our competition is about to pick up," Coach Austin McNair said. "We have to keep working to improve."
The 6-0 Lady Rockets scored a landmark victory last week as they took a 6-2 win over powerhouse Newton County.
Katlyn Duke belted a three-run home run in the first inning and another homer later in the game to power the Lady Rockets. Allie Pike singled in another couple of runs. Mashay Jimmie was the winning pitcher.
In their other game last week, Neshoba Central bested Louisville 12-4. The Lady Rockets collected 16 hits during the outing. Duke hit two home runs while Maggie Peebles hit a bases-loaded triple.
"The win over Newton County was a big one," Coach Trae Embry said. "We are play well and hit the ball. But we have to keep it up."
The Lady Rockets will travel to Canton for a Region 4 game. They will play three games in the Roberson Sporting Goods Tournament in New Albany.
The Rebelettes played one game last week, defeating Oak Hill 14-1.
Leake Academy scored two in the first, one in the second and 11 in the third. Oak Hill's run came in the third inning.
The Rebelettes pounded out 15 hits. Katie Webb led the way with two doubles. Mary Grace Key, Chloe Thaggard and Mariallen Moore all hit a double and a single while Alana King added two singles.
The Rebelettes will play in the Carroll Academy Tournament this weekend. They have three pool games with Calhoun (9 a.m.), Marshall (11:30 a.m.) and MRA (2 p.m.) There are four pools with the winners advancing to the semi-finals and then the finals.
The Union Lady Yellowjackets split a pair of games in play last week.
Union dropped a 9-1 decision to Philadelphia and then bounced back to defeat region rival Clarkdale 3-1. No details of the games were available.
Union will host a daylong tournament this Saturday.