Lady Tigers win 3 of 4 at weekend tournament in Meridian

Published 12:23 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lady Tigers win 3 of 4 at weekend tournament in Meridian

By Myra Bean

South Panola’s Morgan Parker mans third base for the fastpitch team in a recent game.
The Panolian photo by Myra Bean

The South Panola Lady Tigers went 3-1 over the weekend at the Spring Fling tournament in Meridian.
The third game against Raleigh was a 5-0 shutout by eighth grader Rebekah Cook.
South Panola also recorded victories over Northeast Lauderdale 3-1 and Union 5-4. The lone loss was a six-inning shutout to Philadephia 11-0 Saturday afternoon.
SP 3, Northeast Lauderdale 1
South Panola recorded eight hits in five innings with Nautica Edwards leading at the plate, 2-for-2.
It was a hard fought game for the Lady Tigers as Northeast Lauderdale of Meridian took a 1-0 lead in top of the second.
In bottom of the second, Edwards hit a single RBI, driving home Parker to tie the game at one.
Chloe Morgan hit a two-run inside the park homerun driving home Edwards in bottom of the fifth to break the 1-1 tie and win the game.
Getting one hit each for the Lady Tigers in their first game of the tournament were Morgan Parker, one double, Mallory Myers, Ali Cummins, Khalena Hentz and Taylor Utz.
Kaitlin Tidwell was on the mound for the Lady Tigers, striking out three batters, allowing six hits and one earned run.

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SP 5, Union 4
The Lady Tigers had another tough game against Union Friday night. It was a back-and-forth affair with South Panola skirting by with a 5-4 win.
Union took a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. South Panola answered with three runs in top of the fourth to tie the score.
In top of the sixth, Sydney Morgan bunted and reached first on an error. Taylor Utz was put on third and Tra’Meisha Toliver replaced her as pinch runner.
Tidwell singled to drive home Toliver. Edwards  bunted and beat the throw to first to load the bases. Sydney Morgan was out going home on Myers fielders’ choice. Chloe Morgan single RBI drove Tidwell home for the Lady Tigers’ final score.
Union had a chance to tie the game with players on first and second, but back-to-back fly balls to Cummins at first and Chloe Morgan in center ended the game.
Union did score one run on a single RBI but that was all they could muster.
Hentz led at the plate going 3-for-4 with one run.
Other hitters include Chloe Morgan, 2-for-3, one RBI, one walk; Parker, 1-for-2, one run, Utz, 1-for-3 with Toliver one run; Sydney Morgan, 1-for-3, one RBI, one run; Tidwell, 1-for-3, one run, one RBI and Edwards, 2-for-3.
Tidwell pitched the complete game to pick up the win in six innings, striking out 5, allowing four hits, and four earned runs and walking four.
SP 5, Raleigh 0
South Panola had little trouble with Raleigh Saturday morning as they sat the Lady Lions down 5-0.
Cook pitched a two-hitter complete game in five innings, striking out four. She allowed no runs and no walks.
Cook and Hentz led at the plate, going 2-for-3 and one RBI each. Hentz had one run.
South Panola opened the game with a four-run first inning.
Myers singled to get on base and advanced to second on an error and third on a Chloe Morgan single. Myers scored on an Ali Cummings sac-fly to right.
Hentz’s single RBI droves home Chloe Morgan who had advanced to third for the 2-0 lead.
The bases were loaded after Sydney Morgan walked with Hentz at third and Parker at second.
Utz loaded the bases again on a fielders’ choice when Hentz was out going home.
The Lady Tigers took advantage of their speed on base as Sydney Morgan scored the third run on Cook’s single RBI and then Parker scored as she stole home plate for the 4-0 lead.
The final run came in top of the third when Hentz singled to get on base and advanced around the bases. She scored on a passed ball for the 4-0 lead.
Other hitters include: Myers and Chloe Morgan, 1-for-3, one run each; Cummins and Utz, 1-for-2, Cummins, one RBI; and Sydney Morgan, 0-for-2, one walk, one run.
Philadelphia 11, SP 0
The South Panola bats went almost silent against Philadelphia. The Lady Tigers got only two hits. Chloe Morgan and Parker registered the only hits of the game.
Tidwell took the loss pitching six innings, striking out two and allowing no walks. She gave up 13 hits and 11 runs. Neither team registered an error.
South Panola returns to regular season action Thursday at Southaven beginning at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The varsity team starts district action Saturday hosting Columbus in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and noon.
The Jr. High Lady Tigers will travel to Senatobia today for games at 5 and 6 p.m.
Friday the Jr. Varsity Lady Tigers will play in the Hernando Tournament. Saturday, the Jr. High team will play in the Hernando tournament.