SP Slowpitch Softball

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 10, 2008

South Panola’s Meri Morgan Fortune was one of the power hitters in Tuesday’s games against Jim Hill. She hit a homerun for the Lady Tigers in the 25-0, 17-3 wins. The Lady Tigers will be home tomorrow to host the second round of playoffs. The Panolian photo by Myra Bean

Lady Tigers dominate Jim Hill in first round

Update: South Panola will host the Tupelo Lady Golden Wave beginning at noon on Saturday. Tupelo defeated Clinton in two games. Tupelo took the first game 19-0, and in the second game, Tupelo won 13-4.

By Angie Ledbetter and Myra Bean

The South Panola Lady Tiger slow pitch softball team was waiting to hear which team they would host in the second round of the playoffs, having made it through the first round unscathed.

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The Lady Tigers traveled to Jackson on Tuesday to take on Jim Hill School in the first round of the district playoffs and found a surprisingly easy opponent.

“I have never played in a playoffs like that,” Lady Tiger head coach Kim Wilson said. “From my understanding, the teams in that district had only played seven or eight games each and they only played each other.”

The surprise was that the Lady Tigers took care of Jim Hill in the best two of three series with 25-0, 17-3 back-to-back wins.

“I would say they had 20 errors in each game,” Wilson said.

The advantage of winning the first round is the Lady Tigers will host the second round tomorrow. The Clinton/Tupelo series was rained out for two days and they did not play until Thursday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Therefore, the score was not available at press time nor wasthe team the lady Tigers would host.

The game will be Saturday at the South Panola Lady Tiger field and is tentatively set to start at noon.

In the games against Jim Hill, Christa Brown pitched both games in three innings each.

“Everybody hit and everybody scored many times,” Wilson said.

Some of the bigger hits were Jennifer Newcomb, Kelsay Hancock and Meri Morgan Fortune hit homeruns. Raquel Burdette and Sarah Cole hit triples.

The Lady Tigers made the playoffs in 2006, but did not make it to the second round. Wilson said it has been six years since the Lady Tigers have made it to the second round of playoffs. There are five rounds to the state championship.