Neshoba Central’s Aspen Wesley throws a pitch during an earlier game.

Photo by Robbie Robertson
Neshoba Central’s Aspen Wesley throws a pitch during an earlier game. Photo by Robbie Robertson
The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets claimed their seventh straight Class 5A fast-pitch state championship Tuesday as they defeated Wayne County 17-1 in game two of the series Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Rockets won the first game Monday when Tori Henderson knocked in the winning run with a walk off double in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets to a 4-3 win over Wayne County.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association held the state championship series for the 1A, 3A and 5A classifications in Hattiesburg at the University of Southern Mississippi. The games were postponed from last week because of rain.

Neshoba Central finish the season with a 33-2 record.

In the first game, Wayne County scored one run in the top of the third, and added two more in the top of the sixth to go up 3-0.

n the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Rockets got on the scoreboard when Rivers Gray knocked in Hamaya Fielder. Gray later scored on a pass ball and the Lady Rockets trailed 3-2.



Neshoba Central held Wayne County scoreless in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half of the inning, Gray doubled in Elleigh Willis. Later, Henderson knocked in Tenly Grisham and the Lady Rockets claimed the victory.

Aspen Wesley was the winning pitcher. She went seven innings, allowed three hits and no earned runs. She had six strikeouts.

“We got runners on in the early innings but we couldn’t get a timely hit to score them,” Coach Trae Embry said. “We finally got some timely hits in the last two innings. It was a total team effort.”

A complete story covering game two and reactions will run in next week’s edition of The Neshoba Democrat.