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Lady Trojans rip Neshoba Central

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Oct. 10, 2001
PHILADELPHIA – Northeast Lauderdale belted 20 hits in taking a 16-1 win over an injury-depleted Neshoba Central team Tuesday night.
The Division 5-4A champion Lady Trojans improved to 26-4 with the win. Northeast returns to action Thursday at Northeast Park against South Jones at 6 p.m. After hosting Wayne County on Saturday, the Lady Trojans will host Mendenhall in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Tuesday.
Northeast head coach Chris Harper was thrilled with his team's showing against Neshoba.
Every player in the Northeast lineup got at least one hit with the first eight batters having at least two hits. Catcher Jennifer Bristow led the way with a 4-for-4 effort that produced three RBIs.
Raleigh Odom went 2-for-3 with a double and had four RBIs. Lauren Webb went 2-for-3 with a double to plate three runs. Grace Ann Watkins went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Katie Bergin, Jana Olczak, Amber Gray, and April Harper each had two hits for the Lady Trojans. Bergin, Webb, and Watkins each scored three runs.
Blair Rawson (26-4) was the winning pitcher.
Northeast scored four runs in the top of the first. After Neshoba got its lone run in the bottom of the first, the Lady Trojans crossed the plate three times in the second and seven times in the third to break the game open with a 14-1 lead.
Neshoba was playing without three starters due to season-ending injuries. Gone were catcher Dacie Brantley (knee), outfielder Sarah Williamson (back), and outfielder Kadye Chandler (broken arm).
The Lady Rockets had only four hits with Alana Moore leading the way with a single and a double in a 2-for-2 night. She scored Neshoba's only run. Lindsey Smith was the losing pitcher.
The Lady Rockets, 14-16, close out their season Thursday at West Point.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com or call him at 693-1551, ext. 3234.

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