SCOOBA – East Mississippi’s Lady Lions were limited to just nine total hits on the day in dropping a home softball doubleheader, 11-3 and 9-0, to defending MACJC State Champion East Central Community College Wednesday afternoon at the EMCC Softball Field.
In the opener, the Lady Lions countered East Central’s two-run first inning with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to take an early 3-2 lead. After former Clarkdale products Alex Smith and Amber Spann reached base via a hit by pitch and walk, respectively, Southeast Lauderdale’s Paige Sheppard doubled home both runners with a shot to the left-center field gap. Sheppard would come around to score on the play after advancing to third on the outfield throw to the plate and then racing home on the subsequent throwing error to third base.
However, EMCC would not plate another run the rest of the afternoon. After surrendering a pair of hits in the first inning, East Central winning pitcher Tenna Patterson allowed the Lady Lions just three singles the rest of the way to claim the game one victory for the visitors.
After knotting the score at 3-3 with a solo run in the second and moving ahead with a pair of tallies in the fourth frame, East Central put away the opening contest by ringing up three runs in each of the final two innings for the 11-3 final outcome.
With several of their dozen hits in the opener coming on bunt singles, the Lady Warriors knocked out EMCC losing pitcher Misty Richard in the fourth inning. Freshman Stevie Wilson finished the first contest in the circle for the Lady Lions.
Offensively in the opener, EMCC was led by Stormy Lewis’ two infield singles, but the former Quitman standout had to sit out the second game due to nagging injuries. The Lady Warriors featured four players with multiple hits, highlighted by Kelsi Watson’s 3-for-4 effort with three runs batted in and two runs scored.
In the nightcap, East Central’s Kaetlen Brown limited the Lady Lions to just four singles in earning the complete-game, run-ruled victory after six innings. Freshman right-hander Shelby Sheppard, of Kemper Academy, took the loss in going the distance during game two for the home team.
Scoring in every inning but the third, the Lady Warriors accounted for 13 more hits in the nightcap. Haylee Roberts and A.J. Peeler led the way for the visitors with three hits apiece.
Head coach Kate Neely’s 3-3 EMCC Lady Lions travel to Perkinston for Friday’s makeup doubleheader at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC before competing in Saturday’s MCC/Rush Invitational hosted by Meridian Community College.