Weather plays havoc on local softball schedules
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 1:00 AM
Rain has certainly been a factor in the schedules of the local softball teams so far in the fall seasons.
Kambreshia Griffin beats the throw to first base.
Neshoba Central had both of its games rained out while others missed one game. For the Lady Rockets, that included games with Choctaw Central and Philadelphia.
Weather permitting; the Lady Rockets have three big games this week with Choctaw Central on Monday, Newton County at home on Tuesday, and a trip to Wayne County on Thursday.
Union got its first win last week. Meanwhile, the Leake Academy Rebelettes went 0-3 in the Parkland tournament and will be looking for answers during practices this week.
Records and schedule
Leake Academy 8-3
Neshoba Central 2-0
Choctaw Central 4-0
Note: Leake Academy plays fast-pitch; the others play slow-pitch.
This week's games:
Monday, August 25
Philadelphia at Nanih Waiya
Choctaw Central at Neshoba Central (makeup)
Tuesday, August 26
Union at Nanih Waiya
Newton County at Neshoba Central
West Lauderdale at Choctaw Central
Leake Academy at Oak Hill
Thursday, August 28
Choctaw Central at Union
Neshoba Central at Wayne County
Kemper County at Philadelphia (two games)
The Lady Tornadoes of Philadelphia took a 10-7 win over Union last Tuesday.
A game with Neshoba Central was stopped after three innings because of the weather and may be made up later.
The Lady Tornadoes enter the week with a 3-0 record. They were slated to visit Nanih Waiya on Monday and host Kemper County for a doubleheader on Thursday. This is Kemper County's first year to play slow-pitch softball.
Against Union, Philadelphia scored five in the third, one in the fourth and four in the sixth. Union scored four in the first, two in the third and one in the sixth.
Kambresha Griffin was the winning pitcher.
Precious Sanders and Autumn Davis both hit a triple and a double while Alyssa Davis had two doubles. Griffin hit two singles; and, Sydney Battle had three singles.
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.
The Lady Warriors picked up two wins in the Leake Central tournament Saturday as they defeated Noxapater and Sebastopol.
The 4-0 Lady Warriors have three games this week. They were to make up a game at Neshoba Central on Monday, host West Lauderdale on Tuesday and visit Union on Thursday.
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The Lady Warriors scored six in the first and 11 in the second as they put Noxapater away.
Tiara Joe was the winning pitcher.
Jada Sockey led with a home run, a double and a single while Candace Jefferson added two doubles and a single. Klairnell Bell hit a home run and Meleigha Joe hit a home run and a single.
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The Lady Warriors banged out 15 hits to ease past Sebastopol.
Choctaw Central scored three in the first, two in the second, three in the third and six in the fourth. Sebastopol answered with three in the third.
Klairnell Bell hit a grand slam home run while Brooklyn Bell added a homer. Jordan Bell added three singles.
It's back to the practice field for the Leake Academy Rebelettes.
The Rebelettes won two region games over Tri-County 3-1 and Manchester 7-3. But then they entered the Parklane Academy tournament in McComb on Saturday and went 0-3 against three top Class 3A teams. Leake Academy entered the week with a 5-3 record.
"We wanted to play against some of the top 3A teams so we could see what we needed to work on," Coach Doug Jones said. "We saw some things this weekend where we can definitely improve on. We only have one game this week. The rest of the week will be spent practicing."
Leake Academy's two runs in the first inning made the difference.
Both teams scored one run in the third. Leake Academy outhit Tri-County 6-5.
Annika Jones was the winning pitcher. She helped her cause by hitting a double and a single.
Leake Academy outhit Manchester 7-3 to take the region win.
The Rebelettes scored one in the second, five in the third and one in the fifth. Manchester answered with three in the third.
Grace Dabbs was the winning pitcher.
Rebekah Roberson hit two doubles for the Rebelettes while Annabell Watkins added a home run.
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Copiah Academy proved to be more than the Rebelettes could handle as the two-time Class 3A champions out hit them 8-4 and allowed no runs.
Jones took the loss. Jones, Dabbs, Watkins and Brandy Quick all had one hit.
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Oak Forrest keyed on a five-run third inning as it took the win.
Dabbs was the losing pitcher.
Jones hit a double and a single while Dabbs belted a triple. Mariallen Moore hit a single.
Parklane scored two runs in the third inning and held on for the win.
Jones took the loss. Jones and Dabbs both hit a single.
The Union Lady Yellowjackets picked up their first win of the season as they knocked off Leake Central 7-6.
Earlier in the week, Union had dropped a 10-7 decision to Philadelphia.
"It was good to get our first win under our belts," Coach Jacob Casey said. "We are working hard and improving and getting ready for our region games."
The Lady Yellowjackets took the early lead but Philadelphia came back to take the win.
Union scored four in the first, two in the third and one in the sixth. Philadelphia answered with five in the third, one in the fourth and four in the sixth.
Haley Morgan took the pitching loss.
Mackenzie Dolan hit a triple and a double to pace Union. Averi Pender added a double and a single while Macy Knight hit a pair of singles.
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Union had a 15-10 hitting edge as they slipped past Leake Central last Thursday.
Union scored two in the third, four in the fourth and one in the sixth. Leake Central scored three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Morgan was the winning pitcher.
Pender hit three doubles and a single while Kristen Kennedy and Cassie Smith had two hits. Dolan connected on two doubles.