|EMCC Lady Lions even division softball mark with home doubleheader sweep over Coahoma|
SCOOBA – The Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College evened their MACJC North Division softball record at 11-11 with a pair of run-rule victories, 9-1 and 18-2, over visiting Coahoma Community College Wednesday afternoon at the EMCC Softball Field.
For the afternoon, EMCC banged out a dozen hits but also benefitted from 25 total walks by Coahoma pitching. The Lady Lions also ran their current winning streak to six consecutive games with the doubleheader sweep.
In the opener, the visiting Lady Tigers briefly held their lone lead of the day by scoring a solo run in the top of the second inning. Raven Cameron led off the frame with a double to the right-center field gap off EMCC starting pitcher Misty Richard and came around to score on Carissa Jones’ infield out.
The Lady Lions answered right back by batting around and scoring five runs in the bottom half of the second with the aid of four walks and two Coahoma errors. That was all the run support Richard would need in the circle for EMCC in game one.
EMCC plated two more runs in the third and another in the fourth on Stormy Lewis’ third single of the contest. The run-rule outcome came in the fifth when Shelby Whitt led off the inning with a single and Cortnee Meyers walked. Freshman second baseman Alex Smith lined a single up the middle to send home Whitt for the ninth run of the opener.
Meanwhile, Richard allowed just two hits in five innings of work, with five strikeouts and only one walk, to even her pitching record to 6-6 on the season.
In the nightcap, the home team made quick work of the Lady Tigers by scoring nine runs in the first and six more in the second to take a commanding 15-0 lead after the first two frames. Along with six EMCC hits in the first two innings combined, the Lady Lions also profited from four errors along with 10 walks and two hit batsmen by Coahoma pitching.
The visitors got on the scoreboard in game two after Selena Edwards and Shetrice Magee led off the third inning by reaching base on an infield error and hit batsman, respectively, off EMCC starting pitcher Shelby Sheppard. After Amelia LaVergne relieved Sheppard in the circle, Connie Harrell’s two-out, two-run single to right field cut the deficit to 15-2.
The Lady Lions went right back to work, however, by pushing across three more runs in the bottom of the third before the run-rule victory was declared.
Offensively for EMCC in the nightcap, Lewis, who recently signed with Delta State University, went 2-for-3 with four runs batted in to complete a 5-for-6 day at the plate with six total RBIs. Freshman Haley Tutor, a former New Hope High School product, also went 2-for-3 in game two with four RBIs, including a two-run double to cap the Lady Lions’ nine-run first frame.
Sheppard picked up the victory and improved her pitching record to 7-5 on the year. The former Kemper Academy product fanned five of the nine batters she faced before coming out of the game without giving up a hit.
Bidding for a fourth straight MACJC State Softball Tournament appearance as reigning MACJC North Division champions, head coach Kate Neely’s EMCC Lady Lions improved to 17-22 overall on the season. Now tied with Holmes for the fourth and final division spot in next week’s (April 26-28) MACJC State Softball Tournament, EMCC will close out the regular season with Sophomore Day festivities by playing host to Northwest Mississippi Community College in a 2 p.m. Friday doubleheader on the Scooba campus.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 April 2012 )|
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