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Lady Tiger softball

Lady Tigers strike out cancer and Grenada

By Myra Bean
The South Panola Lady Tiger fastpitch softball team shows no sign of slowing up as it shut out Grenada 10-0 Friday night.

Hosting the first ever Strikeout for Cancer event, the Lady Tigers remained undefeated for the season before a capacity crowd. Irene Hicks, cancer survivor for 26 years, threw out the first pitch. She is the grandmother of Lady Tiger head coach Ashleigh Hicks. While Irene was throwing out the pitch, grandfather Pawpaw Hicks was handing out bite-sized snickers bars to the ball team in the dugout.

South Panola extends its win streak to 18 games.

Ace senior pitcher Whitney Kiihnl pitched a no-hitter, striking out 16 batters in six innings.

Brooke Eikner pitched the complete game for Grenada and took the loss.

Kiihnl scored first on a RBI single from catcher Casi Brooks in the bottom of the first.

There was not much action from either team until the Lady Tigers scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.

The Lady Tigers got two batters on base in the bottom of the fourth on two outs, but a fly ball to right field stopped the momentum.

In the sixth inning, South Panola went through the batting lineup and started over. Haylei Plummer got the ball rolling with a single. With the bases loaded, Hillari Plummer singled to drive home her sister. The bases remained loaded with one out, while Ellen Farrish walked to and drove home Kelsay Hancock, courtesy runner for Brooks.

Jennifer Newcomb drove home two runs on a double to center field, scoring Stormy Robinson and Hillari Plummer. Kiihnl hit a double to drive home Farrish. Kasey Kelsay walked to load the bases again. Haylei Plummer doubled her next time around and drove home Kiihnl. Kelsay came home on a Brooks single to end the game.

The Lady Tigers will be in Starkville today to play the first district game of the season. They return home Thursday to host Cleveland in non-district action. Games are 6 p.m. following the junior varsity game at 5 p.m. Friday the team will participate in the annual Tupelo Tournament.