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Rain cancels more than half of slow-pitch festiva

By By Marty Stamper / staff writer
Aug. 22, 2004
Less than half of the games scheduled for the Meridian Slow-Pitch Softball Festival were played Saturday at Northeast Park before rain made the fields unplayable.
After the third of seven rounds of three games, the majority of the coaches involved voted not to continue play.
"Everybody wanted to play this morning when I called and told them about the rain situation this morning," Meridian head coach Susan Frazier said. "But when that last set of rain hit, we just knew the fields couldn't hold much more water.
"It became a safety factor with the kids. And a lot of the teams are starting division play next week, so we just decided it was in the best interest of safety's sake that we not continue play."
Rained out was the anticipated matchup between top-ranked New Hope and third-ranked West Lauderdale. It will likely be made up at some point in the future at a neutral location, West head coach Jerry Boatner said.
West Lauderdale 7
Petal 1
The Lady Knights scored three runs in the first inning and added four more in the sixth to remain undefeated for the year.
Katie McAlister had a single and a double for West, while Holly Herrington and winning pitcher Sommer Jones both had a pair of singles.
Petal got three singles from Judy Barker, two singles from Morgan Speights, and a double from Kati Mitchell.
West's game with Southeast Lauderdale, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been moved up to Monday at Collinsville due to West's football game with Clarkdale on Thursday.
Southeast Lauderdale 5
Wayne County 3
The Lady Tigers scored two runs in the first inning and added three more in the third in beating Wayne County.
Eli Bowen had two singles, including a two-run hit for Southeast. Jessica Rose also had a pair of singles. Martika Ivy had a single and a triple, while Lucy Ruffin had a triple.
Heather Harper got the win.
Wayne County got all three of its runs in the third inning.
Union 11
Quitman 1
Union broke open a 3-0 game with three runs in the fourth inning and then added five more in the sixth.
Tiffany Thomas had three singles and a double to drive in three runs for the Lady Jackets. Winning pitcher Chasity Yates had three singles and two RBIs. Morgan Milling had a single and a double to drive in three runs. Amechia Hickmon had three singles with Loren Kennedy getting a pair of singles.
Quitman got a single and a double each from Rebecca Riley and Amanda Herring. Lindsey Martin had a pair of singles.
Union had 17 hits to nine for Quitman.
Harrison Central 12
Meridian 10
Hitting wasn't a problem for the Lady Cats, but fielding was. Meridian outhit Harrison 15-11, but committed five errors to none for the Lady Red Rebels.
Courtney Trotter had two singles and a double for Meridian. Sarah Beckman and J'Quandra Hickman both had a single and a double. Artesian Boyd, Lindsay Lang, and Brandi Limerick each had a pair of singles. Lainie Simcox and Carsheena Blanks both had a double.
Britney Simmons (4-2) took the loss in relief.
Meridian scored three times in the first inning only to have Harrison tally six times in its first at-bat. The Lady Cats also had a five-run third frame.
Harrison scored twice in the second and added four more runs in the third.
Petal 9
Northeast Lauderdale 4
Petal scored five runs in the second inning in beating the Lady Trojans.
Savannah Hall had two doubles and three RBIs to lead Northeast. Shelly Odom had a single and a double, while Jessica Love had a pair of singles.
Kaley Hull took the loss.
Choctaw Central 7
Wayne County 6
The Lady Warriors scored once in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Lady War Eagles. No individual information was available for either team.
Quitman 10
Columbus 8
The Lady Panthers evened their record for the day as they scored five runs in the fifth inning and added two more in the sixth.
Lindsey Martin had four singles for Quitman. Alison Herring had three singles. Gabby Morgan and Autumn Satcher both had two singles. Jessica Creighton added a triple.
Herring was the winning pitcher.
In other games, top-ranked New Hope knocked off Lawrence County 9-5 in a rematch of last year's Class 4A state championship series, which was won by New Hope, and Columbus blanked West Jones 12-0.

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