West, Northeast topple county rivals
SLIDES IN n Clarkdale's Brandi Wright breaks up the double play against West Lauderdale's Amy Frazier Thursday night in prep softball action. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
Special to The Star
Aug. 17, 2001
The West Lauderdale Lady Knights, ranked No. 1 in the state in girls slow pitch softball, rolled to an 18-1 victory over cross-county rival Clarkdale Thursday night at the Lady Bulldogs' field.
West Lauderdale jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the first. The Lady Knights sent 12 batters to the plate and notched eight hits. Amber Joyner, J.J. Huggins, Brittany Mosley, Courtney Gardner and Jessica Ethridge all had singles, while Emily Jo Havard slugged a double.
JorDan Orr slugged a home run in the bottom of the first to put Clarkdale on the scoreboard, making the score 7-1.
The Lady Knights added four runs in the second. Huggins and Havard each had a double while Mosley and Gardner each singled.
West Lauderdale held an 11-1 edge until the fifth inning when the Lady Knights pounded out seven more runs to end the game. Ethridge, Brook Bounds, Joyner, Hayley Scarborough, Frazier and Mosley all scored during the fifth inning for West.
West Lauderdale outhit the Lady Bulldogs 18-3. Ethridge was the winning pitcher and did not give up any walks.
West Lauderdale is back in action Saturday when the Lady Knights enter the New Hope Tournament. West will play games against Tupelo, Starkville and Columbus. Clarkdale hosts Clinton and Kossuth on Saturday.