SP Softball vs. Starkville

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lady Tigers remain undefeated in district

By Angie Ledbetter

The South Panola Lady Tigers remain undefeated in the district after they shut out Starkville 10-0 Thursday and slammed Charleston 15-0 Friday in four innings.

Nicole Fullilove and Diamond Browning combined in no-hitter while Fullilove picked up the win for the Lady Tigers striking out five runners. Browning threw 37 pitches striking out three and Fullilove threw 56.

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The Lady Tigers (6-11 overall, 3-0 district) jumped on in the bottom of the first inning when center fielder Christa Brown walked and scored the first run of the game. Also, scoring runs in the inning were second baseman Chelsea Allen, third baseman Meri Morgan Fortune, first baseman Lauren Calvert and catcher Amanda Ivy.

Right fielder Madison Taylor tripled in the bottom of the second and later scored.

Bottom of the third, the Lady Tigers added another run when designated hitter Browning singled and later scored.

Christa Brown and Allen finished the fifth with two runs to give the Lady Tigers a 9-0 lead.

Ivy tripled in the bottom of sixth and later scored the last run of the game.

The Lady Tigers recorded 11 hits, two errors and left six on base. Roberson picked up two RBIs (runs batted in) while Allen, Fortune, Lauren Calvert and Browning had one each.

J. Sexton recorded the loss for Starkville throwing 96 pitches. The Lady Yellowjackets were hitless with seven errors and three left on base.

In the game against Charleston Friday night, Lady Tiger shortstop Paige Jordan hit a grand slam homerun to left field in the bottom of the third against the Charleston Lady Tigers.

Jordan scored three runs followed by Lindsey Calvert, Deanne Taylor, Ivy, Browning and Madison Taylor with two each. Scoring one run each were Christa Brown, Marla Rudd, Fortune and Lauren Calvert.

Browning pitched the complete game picking for the win. She struck out 10, allowed one hit and walked one.

The Lady Tigers had 14 hits, one error and left six on base. Recording RBIs were Fortune, 3; Lindsey Calvert, 2;  Lauren Calvert, Browning, and Madison Taylor each.

The Charleston Lady Tigers had one hit and seven errors in the game and two left on base.

The junior varsity got back in the win column by defeating Starkville 13-1 and Charleston 16-2.

The Lady Tigers were back in action last night when they hosted Columbus. The scores were available at press time.

According to Head Coach Ashleigh Hicks,the team rallies for a district game.

“I don’t know if they know if it’s a have-to situation but they always show up for the district games by cheering the entire game and staying pumped up,” Hicks said. “I preach the entire season how we play other games to prepare ourselves for district. They know winning district is our first step to continue what we’re out here for so they may get mentally prepared for the district games.  Winning our district with such a young team is a huge step. They know we have to take care of our district with one step at a time. The teams we’ve played so far have prepared us for our district.”

Hicks is pleased with the work the two young pitchers are doing on the mound.

“Both my pitchers are doing a good job,” she said. “Both of them are throwing really hard. Change ups are working for both of them and they’re hitting spots. I think they’re working really well together. They cheer each other on when one comes out and the other goes in.”