Experienced Lady Tigers jump out to 2-1 start

By Austin BIshop
Winston County Journal

Veteran fast-pitch softball coach Jodie Duran is looking for a little
something special out of her Noxapater team this season.

“We seem to be pretty experienced,” she said. “We are returning eight
seniors and we have got a senior and junior pitcher who both have a
lot of experienced. We are looking to be competitive and to have a
pretty decent season.”

So far, so good for the Lady Tigers.

Noxapater is currently 2-1 on the year with the wins coming 20-19
over Louisville in the season -opener and 12-2 last night over Ethel
in six innings. Noxapater’s loss came 13-5 at the hands of Sebastopol.

“I think we are going to have a mixture of power and speed,” Duran
said. “Chelsea Moore, who has already signed with Meridian (Community
College) and Breanna Glass, a junior, can really drive the ball for us.

“We have also done a lot of experimenting so far this season with
slapping and bunting,” she said. “My lead-off hitter (Treasure Lynch)
can really run and cause some problems. She struck out and still
reached first when they misplayed the ball.”

Working behind the plate will be junior Emily Mills and seventh
grader Madelyn Wilkes, while Madison Barnett and Anna Claire Webb
will be in the circle.

Moore is at third, with Glass at shortstop, and Haley Pierce and
Kiera Phillips at second. Duran said first base will be flexible and
most of the time will depend on who is pitching and catching. Lynch
is in left, with Hanna Hamilton in center and Tamerica Yarbrough in
right.

The Lady Tigers are set to visit Ethel Friday at 4 p.m. and then will
take 19 days off before visiting West Lowndes on March 19. Noxapater
will be competing in the same district as Nanih Waiya, Weir and West
Lowndes.

Noxapater Tigers split
two baseball games
By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal

The homestanding Tigers of Noxapater took a solid 9-4 win over
Sebastopol on Friday night, but ran into a strong-hitting Ackerman
team on Saturday that resulted in a 17-2 loss.

Noxapater scored two runs in the first and six in the second to jump
out to an early lead against the Bobcats. Braden Estes led the
Noxapater attack with a pair of singles, while Austin Snow had one.

Marshall Kugle was the winning pitcher, going five innings, while
Snow pitched the last two.

“We bunted the ball well and really did a good job of playing small
ball and running the bases,” said Noxapater head coach Casey Orr. “We
had a lot of base runners and we did a good job of moving them over.”

Inexperienced pitching got the best of Noxapater on Saturday, as the
visiting Indians scored their 17 runs on just nine hits.
Kugle had the lone hit for the Tigers in the game.

Noxapater was set to visit Nanih Waiya on Tuesday and French Camp on
Friday, before hosting Ethel on Saturday. The NW and FCA games are
both district contests.