| By Myra Bean
The South Panola Lady Tigers continue their domination on the softball field with an 11-0 shutout of Olive Branch Tuesday afternoon.
This was the second time this season these district foes had met. South Panola also won decisively in the first meeting March 6, 11-1.
The Lady Tigers up their record to 15-0 overall,
Whitney Kiihnl recorded her 15th win of the season on the mound, giving up only one walk.
Kiihnl pitched five no-hit innings, striking out 11 batters.
The Lady Tigers scored two runs in the first inning. Kiihnl stole home on a passed ball for the first run after walking to get on base. Designated hitter Bethany Moore singled to drive home Latara Ferrell, courtesy runner for catcher Casi Brooks, who singled to get on base.
Three runs were scored in the bottom of the second inning by the Lady Tigers, all on passed balls. Haley Walton, courtesy runner for first baseman Lindsey Thaggard, scored the first run of the inning. Kiihnl and second baseman Kasey Kelsay also scored for the 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Tigers scored two runs and had two in scoring position when Olive Branch turned a double play to end the inning.
Thaggard hit a single RBI which drove home shortstop Hillari Plummer from third base. Center fielder Leann Parrish scored on a passed ball. Walton, in for Thaggard, got put out going home and Sabrina Townsend was tagged out going to third on that same play.
The bottom of the fourth was big for the Lady Tigers as it put them over the 10-run mark to end the game on the "mercy run-rule" since the Lady Tigers were ahead by 10 runs after the fifth inning.
Haylei Plummer got hit by a pitch to get on base, followed by Brooks and Moore who walked to load the bases.
Hillari Plummer hit a sacrifice-fly to left field and drove home her big sister, Haylei. Parrish hit a two RBI single to drive home Brooks and Moore. Then Parrish scored on a passed ball for the final run of the game.
The Jr. Varsity ladies played in the first game and South Panola won 5-3. Kenzi Reed, Haley Walton and Kelsay Hancock were on the mound for the Lady Tigers. Reed got the win, pitching three innings. The other two pitched one inning each.
South Panola scored first in the bottom of the third as they loaded the bases. Hancock got on base on a catcher’s error when she dropped the ball on the last strike and did not get it down to first for out before Hancock.
Megan Holland hit a two RBI double scoring Hancock and Walton, who had singled to get on base. Holland then stole home plate to score the third run.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ellen Farrish hit a triple RBI to drive home Victoria Alford who had singled to get on base. Latara Ferrell hit a single RBI to drive home Farrish for the final score.
Olive Branch was able to score two runs in the top of the fourth to avoid the shutout.
The Lady Tigers have outscored opponents 110-4 this season.
Individual stats to date released by head coach Ashleigh Hicks reveal that Kiihnl has a .453 batting average. She has 24 hits, 23 runs, five doubles and five RBIs. In pitching she has started all 15 games, has an ERA (earned run average) .08, struck out 197 batters, walked 17, and allowed four runs – one earned.
Hillari Plummer has a batting average of .400 with 45 at bats, 18 hits, 13 runs, four doubles, six RBIs, with a fielding percentage of .857.
Brooks has a batting average of .348 with 46 at bats with 16 hits, seven runs, 15 RBIs, two doubles and four walks. As catcher she has 199 put outs and a .966 fielding percentage.
With 45 at bats, Moore has 13 hits, 11 runs, three doubles, six RBIs, five walks and a .289 batting average.
Haylei Plummer has a .277 batting average on 47 plate appearances. Plummer logged 13 hits, 16 runs, five doubles, two triples, three RBIs and five walks. At third base, she has a .857 fielding percentage and assisted on 11 outs.
Kasey Kelsay has been at bat 49 times and has a .224 batting average with 11 hits and nine runs. She has three doubles, one triple, five RBIs and two walks. She has an .818 fielding percentage with eight outs and 10 assists.
Leann Parrish has 10 hits and 13 runs on 41 at bats. She has logged two doubles and seven RBIs with a .244 batting average. She has a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000.
First baseman Thaggard has been at bat 39 times and logged 10 hits, five runs, three doubles and 10 RBIs with a .256 batting average.
She has a fielding percentage of .982 with 53 outs.
The Lady Tigers will start a three-week road schedule with the Clarkdale Tournament, near Meridian, this weekend. This afternoon at 4:30 they will take on Caledonia.
This is a rematch from March 3 when the teams met at the Tupelo Tournament and South Panola won 6-0.
At 7:30 p.m. the Lady Tigers will meet district foe Southaven, but the game is not counted as a district match.
Saturday morning at 10:30, South Panola and D’Iberville will meet. At 1:30 p.m. South Panola and Moss Point will play.
Monday, the Lady Tigers will travel to Cleveland for non-district play at 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, the Lady Tigers will be in Horn Lake for the first district match between these two teams this year at 4 and 6 p.m.