SP Softball

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Lady Tigers end spring break week 3-2

By Myra Bean
The South Panola Lady Tiger fastpitch softball team finished a busy spring break week of action with a 2-1 showing at the Clarksdale Tournament.

After a full week of action, following a week of inaction, the Lady Tigers exited last week 3-2.

Tuesday, they fell to Tupelo 3-0. Thursday, Cleveland played them to an extra inning and the Lady Tigers won 1-0.

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In the Clarksdale Tournament, the Lady Tigers shut out Caledonia 10-0, Harrison Central 4-0, but fell for the second time last week 1-0 to D’Iberville. It was in the Clarksdale Tournament last year, the Lady Tigers lost two of its four games of the season.

Thursday, Cleveland was a very determined team. In the first meeting between the two teams this season on February 26, the Lady Tigers won handily 8-1. The teams were in a tug-of-war to gain advantage over each other.

It was not until the eighth and final inning that South Panola took advantage of an on base error and scored the winning run.

Jennifer Newcomb was the Lady Tigers’ player put on second base as a handicap in extra inning rules.

Whitney Kiihnl walked  and Kasey Kelsay made it to base after Kiihnl was out at second when Cleveland shortstop Stormy Eubanks over threw first baseman Paige Livingston. With the passed ball, Newcomb scored to win the game.

Cleveland had a chance in the top of the eighth inning. Eubanks was on base and  Katie Portner doubled to have players at one second and third. The Lady Tiger defense buckled down and did not allow any more hits. Kiihnl struck out two of the last three and one hit a fly ball to shortstop Hillari Plummer for the second out.

The Lady Tigers had their opportunities in regulation. Cleveland had two hits that went no further than first base. The Lady Tigers however had three players left on third throughout the game.

Lady Tiger Stormy Robison hit a triple in the bottom of the fourth inning, but two groundouts and a strikeout sidelined the following batters.

Kiihnl picked up the win for the Lady Tigers. Lauren Kendall took the loss for Cleveland who fell to 11-3.

Kiihnl pitched the complete game in eight innings, fanned 14 batters, allowed three hits, no walks or runs.

Following the weekend action, the Lady Tigers are 10-2. South Panola hosted Columbus in district action Monday but the score was not available at press time.

The Lady Tigers will be home Thursday to host  Horn Lake in non-district action beginning at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity game.

Tupelo will be in town next Tuesday, March 25, for the second district meeting between the two teams.

South Panola baseball

Following a loss to Desoto Central on Thursday, the South Panola Tigers return to regular season action on the road to Columbus. The teams will meet for the first of three district games at 5 and 7 p.m., beginning with the junior varsity.

The Tigers are 7-5 overall, 0-1 district. Thursday and Friday, the Tigers will participate in the Desoto County Tournament.

Saturday, the Tigers will host Independence at home in non-conference action at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

North Delta Baseball

North Delta returned to baseball action after a week off for spring break  yesterday. The Green Wave played West  Memphis, Ark. on the road but the score was not available at press time.

Today, the Green Wave hosts Kirk Academy in non-conference action at 4 p.m.