Sports / Outdoors – 3/16/2007

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 16, 2007

The Panolian: SPORTS – March 16, 2007

  From the 03/16/07 issue of The Panolian   

The Lady Tigers’ domination continues
     South Panola’s center fielder Leann Parrish, No. 4, slides safely into home plate on a passed ball Tuesday afternoon against Olive Branch. She beat the ball to the base to score for the undefeated Lady Tigers. The Lady Tigers start a three-week road schedule with a tournament in Clarkdale, near Meridian, this weekend.
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,
3-0 district.

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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.

JV Ladies
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.

UM/MSU NIT bid continues
In NIT (National Invitational Tournament), Ole Miss defeated Appalachian State Wednesday night
73-59 and will take on the Clemson Tigers in Clemson, S. C. on Monday at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN.
The Rebels were down by one point with 10 minutes remaining in the game and put together a 14-0 run to win. Todd Abernethy was the game-high scorer with 18 points.

The winner will face the winner of the San Diego State/Syracuse game on Tuesday or Wednesday at 6 or 8 p.m. CST.

Mississippi State defeated Miss. Valley State 82-63 Tuesday night and will host Bradley Saturday at The Hump at 11 a.m. (CST) on ESPN.

Charles Rhodes scored 21 points and Jamont Gordon 16 to lead the Bulldogs.

The winner will take on the winner of the Michigan/Florida State game on Tuesday or Wednesday at 6 or 8 p.m. CST.

Green Wave remains undefeated in district
By Myra Bean

North Delta split games at home last week.

Monday, they lost to Delta Academy in non-district action 5-3. Thursday, they defeated DeSoto, Ark. 10-0 in five innings in district play.

The Green Wave are 2-0 in district play, 3-2 overall.

J.T. Dalrymple got the win against DeSoto pitching the complete game.

The Green Wave had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth and scored three runs to run-rule the game.

Jon Michael Ware pitched 2.2 innings to take the loss against Delta. Jim Tom Copeland relieved him and shut them out.

"I am really proud of Jon Michael," said head coach David Hardy. "This is his first pitching action in two years. We did not help him out defensively and we did not hit well enough to win."

The Green Wave team has a big game on its plate Tuesday, following spring break. North Delta will host the defending district champion Bayou Academy beginning at 4 p.m.

"As a team, we have to be able to hit better and be able to produce runs," Hardy said.

SP Tigers finish strong at Madison Central tournament
By Myra Bean

The South Panola Tiger baseball team had a disappointing first day at the Madison Central Tournament Monday, but ended on a high note Tuesday.

Tuesday, the Tigers shut out Florence 10-5 in five innings, behind the pitching of Ethan Bright. He allowed only three hits.

"Ethan pitched extremely well," said head coach Patrick Robey. "I’m glad we were able to bounce back."

Robey said he challenged the team Monday night after back-to-back losses to Houston, Tenn. 8-7 and DeSoto Central, 17-2.

"I told them our character would be tested the following day," Robey said.

Hitting in that game were Marty Stokes, three hits; Corbin Baker, two hits; David Renfroe, two hits, one double; Heath Bolton, two hits ,including a triple.

Renfroe pitched against Houston Monday afternoon.

"David pitched really well," Robey said. "Houston had a strong hitting lineup."

Errors on the part of the Tigers gave Houston four unearned runs, according to Robey.

"We swung our bats okay," he said. "The loss was not from lack of effort. Our defense really let us down. We are still making mistakes in the infield that hurt us. When we stop making them, we will be better."

Marty Stokes hit his first homerun of the season against Houston. Also hitting were Bolton, two hits, one double; and Bright, one double.

Robey said he played a lot of pitchers against DeSoto Central, but a 12-run first inning sealed the Tigers’ fate.

With two outs and a walk, DeSoto Central turned up the heat Monday night.

"Everything they hit, found a hole," Robey said. "DeSoto Central is a much-improved team."

With the tournament behind them, the Tigers return to regular action Tuesday with a 9-4-1 overall, 0-2 district record.

The schedule with Horn Lake has been flip-flopped this week. Tuesday, the Tigers will host Horn Lake beginning at 3:30 p.m. The lights are not expected to be up. The teams will finish up the game which ended in an 11-11 tie on March 2. Then the varsity will play a district game immediately following.

Friday, the Tigers will go to Horn Lake and play at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 24, the Tigers will host Charleston in a non-district doubleheader at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Lady Rebs head to NCAA tournament
INDIANAPOLIS – The 64-team field competing for the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee with the Ole Miss Rebels earning their third bid under head coach Carol Ross and the 17th overall in program history.

"Well we are back in the ?Big Dance," said Ross, who owns a 74-49 overall mark as the leader of the Rebels. "We are excited about the opportunity to compete for a national championship. Only 64 teams get that privilege in women’s basketball and we are thrilled that Ole Miss is one of those teams."

Earning No. 1 seeds are Duke University (30-1), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (28-3); University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (30-3); and University of Connecticut (29-3). Duke, Tennessee and Connecticut each won their conference regular season titles in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big East Conference, respectively, while North Carolina claimed the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship.

Ole Miss, who earned a No. 7 seed in the Dayton Region, will travel to Hartford, Conn., for its first round match-up against the No. 10 seed Texas Christian (21-10) at 12 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, March 18. The Rebels and Horned Frogs have met twice before with Ole Miss picking up wins in both games. TCU, who finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference, is led by junior guard Adrienne Ross, the MWC Co-Player of the Year, who averages 17.5 points and 3.0 steals per game.

The Rebels received their highest seed under Ross after picking up a No. 10 seed in 2004 and a No. 8 seed in 2005. Ole Miss was one of five SEC schools selected for the field. In addition, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, LSU and Georgia were also chosen.

First- and second-round games will be played at eight sites Saturday, March 17 and Monday, March 19 and Sunday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 20. The 16, second-round winners will advance to the four regional sites. The Fresno Regional (Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.) and the Greensboro Regional (Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.) will be Saturday, March 24 and Monday, March 26, while the Dallas Regional (Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas) and the Dayton Regional (University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio) will be Sunday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 26. The four regional winners will meet in the NCAA Women’s Final Four, April 1 and 3, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Tennessee continued its appearance streak, participating in all 26 Division I Women’s Basketball Championships. University of Georgia and Old Dominion University will be making their 24th appearances.




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