Newton County tunes up for weekend clash
By By Jeff Byrd/The Meridian Star
Sept. 21, 2001
Third ranked Newton County tuned up for Saturday's clash with sixth ranked Northeast Lauderdale by blasting Southeast Lauderdale 11-0 on Thursday night.
Newton County improves to 15-2 on the season.
The Lady Cougars jumped on Southeast with five runs in the first inning. They added four more in the third to go up 9-0.
Newton County finished with 12 hits. Suzanne Chaney got the mound win to go to 15-2. She allowed just two hits.
Joy Cavanaugh drove in four runs off three hits including a double. Shelly Ferguson had a triple and a single. Kristen Chaney and Suzanne Chaney each had two hits. Dominick Mapp had a double.
Newton County Head Coach Mac Fanning said his team is looking forward to Saturday's clash with Northeast.
The contest is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. A junior varsity game will begin at 5 p.m.
NE Lauderdale 20, Northeast Jones 9
Northeast Lauderdale moved to 6-0 inside Division 5-4A play with a 20-9 romp past Northeast Jones on the road Thursday night.
The sixth ranked Lady Trojans improved to 19-1 overall heading into Saturday's showdown with Newton County.
Leading the way for Northeast Lauderdale was G.A. Watkins and Raleigh Odom. Watkins had three hits including a double and a home run. Odom had a homer for one of her three hits.
Lauren Webb belted the club's third homer in the game. She finished with two hits.
Katie Bergin and Jennifer Bristow each had two hits with one of Bergin's going for a double.
Blair Rawson was the winning pitcher.
West Lauderdale 27, Heidelberg 3
It took just three innings, but West Lauderdale blasted Heidelberg for 27 runs in the romp at Heidelberg.
Christina Gardner led the Lady Knights by driving in five runs off three hits including a home run. Amy Frazier had four RBIs off four hits.
Hailey Scarborough also knocked in four runs. One of her two hits was a home run.
Also belting a home run was J.J. Huggins who finished with three hits. Brook Bounds and Courtny Godwin each had three hits.
Getting two hits were Jo Havard, Brittany Mosley and Jessica Ethridge.
Next up for West Lauderdale, now 17-2, will be a tournament at Madison Central on Saturday. The Lady Knights will play Florence, Terry and Northwest Rankin.
Clarkdale 11, Enterprise 1
Clarkdale pounded Enterprise 11-1 on Thursday night in 2A softball action.
Clarkdale improves to 10-7 with the win in a game that was called after five innings.
Clarkdale scored in every inning building a 6-0 lead through three innings. Enterprise scored its lone run in the fourth.
Clarkdale answered with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the 11-1 lead.
Leading Clarkdale at the plate was Megan Potate who went 3-for-3 including a double.
Jordan Orr had two hits with a RBI as did Emily Howard. Sabrina Woodall drove in two runs off two hits.
Howard picked up the pitching win. She struck out two.
Enterprise was paced by Ashley Mathis who had two hits including a triple. Amanda Parker and Charley Speed each went 2-for-3.
Clarkdale returns to action on Saturday when they play both New Hope and Quitman.
Meridian 6, Brandon 5
Meridian picked up a big district softball win with a 6-5 victory over Brandon on Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats improved to 13-8 overall and 1-1 in district play.
Brandon fell to 12-5 and 0-2.
Laura Bowles got the win and is now 10-4.
Meridian had 12 hits and made four errors, while allowing 11 hits, and the Lady Bulldogs committed no errors.
Multiple hitters for the Lady Wildcats were Stephanie Nelson (2), Eron Hodgins (2), Ashley Brown (2), and Valerie Sherman (2).
Bowles, Brown, and Sherman all had doubles for Meridian. Megan Irby tripled for Brandon, while Rataryn White and Kala Griffith, both had two hits.
The Lady Bulldogs scored first when they scored three, in the top of the fourth,
Meridian answered with one in the bottom of the inning, when Hodgins singled and came around on a single from Brown.
Erin Murphy scored in the fifth, cutting the score to 3-2.
Brandon made it 5-2 in the sixth, on Irby's three-bagger.
The Lady Wildcats plated three, in the sixth, to tie it 5-5, as Andra Daniels, Ebonee Ball, and Sherman all came around to score.
After holding Brandon in the top of the seventh, Bowles led off the Wildcats seventh, with a double. Nelson then was intenional walked, and Carshena Blanks singled, to load the bases.
After an out, Daniel drew a walk, forcing in Bowles with the winning run.
Meridian returns to action Tuesday, when they travel to Brandon, for another district contest.