Lady Lions lose in soft­ball

Starkville Daily News - - SCORECARD -

SUM­MIT – East Mis­sis­sippi Com­mu­nity Col­lege's soft­ball team dropped a pair of tough one-run road de­ci­sions, 3-2 and 6-5 in nine in­nings, to South­west Mis­sis­sippi dur­ing Fri­day's MACJC soft­ball ac­tion.

The Lady Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first in­ning of the opener on a sac­ri­fice fly by Kayla McNabb fol­lowed by Madi­son Parker's RBI dou­ble off EMCC start­ing pitcher AG Stewart.

Af­ter leav­ing a to­tal of eight run­ners on base through the first four in­nings, the Lady Lions got on the board in the fifth on Carly Thomp­son's two-run homer – her fifth of the year – off South­west start­ing pitcher Kassie Shipley. Bry­ley Rodriguez pre­ceded the game-ty­ing blast with a two-out sin­gle.

The dif­fer­ence in the game was Kayla McNabb's first-pitch lead­off homer in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning to pro­duce the go-ahead run for South­west. Jor­dan McNabb came in to pitch a score­less sev­enth in­ning to earn the save for the Lady Bears.

The night­cap also proved to be a nail-biter that went two ex­tra in­nings be­fore the win­ner was de­cided.

The Lady Lions coun­tered South­west's first-in­ning solo tally with a run in the third on Ash­ley Vick­ers' sac­ri­fice fly. The Lady Bears promptly an­swered in the bot­tom of the third with Parker's two-out solo home run off EMCC's Rodriguez.

The score stayed 2-1 in fa­vor of the home team un­til an event­ful sev­enth in­ning. EMCC took ad­van­tage of three South­west er­rors in the top of the frame to score four times against start­ing pitcher Mikaela Smith and take a 5-2 lead. The Lady Bears re­sponded in the bot­tom of the sev­enth with a sac­ri­fice fly by Ter­rah Nel­son fol­lowed by con­sec­u­tive clutch two-out, run-scor­ing hits from Kayla McNabb and Parker to knot the score at 5-5.

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