Noxapater Tigers get off to slow district start

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

Noxapater head baseball coach Casey Orr is hoping his Tigers can find
their hitting strokes this week, before they head back into district
play.

Last week the Tigers opened league play with a 16-1 loss to Nanih
Waiya on Tuesday, before being no-hit by French Camp in a 5-0 setback
on Friday. The Tigers dropped an 11-3 non-league decision to Ethel on
Saturday.

“The biggest thing for us has just been the strike outs,” Orr said.
“We have struck out more than 50 times in the last four games. Our
bats have just kind of left us.”

He said the one hitter who seems to have kept his stroke is Austin
Snow. He was the only Tiger to put the ball in play against French
Camp and he belted a double and a single in the loss to Ethel, while
scoring a run and driving in another.

Marshall Kugle pitched a strong game against FCA, giving up just four
hits. The Tigers only trailed 1-0 after four innings of play in the
loss to the Panthers, but just couldn’t get anything going offensively.

“Being young, we are still figuring out how to win,” Orr said. “It’s
just part of the process.”

The Tigers were set to play both East Webster and Vardaman at East
Webster in tournament action on Tuesday, before taking the rest of
the week off.

Noxapater jumps back into league play next week, visiting West
Lowndes on Tuesday and then hosting Weir on Friday, March 22.

Lady Tigers off to fast start to season
By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Hit the ball and run, run run.
So far that philosophy has worked just fine for the Lady Tigers of
Noxapater this season. NHS picked up 12 hits in each of its two games
last week, beating Ethel 12-2 in six innings on Monday, then
traveling to Attala County on Friday to beat EHS 15-4 in another run-
shortened game.

Madelyn Wilkes mashed a double and a triple to lead Noxapater in the
Monday win, while Breanna Glass smoked a triple and Chelsea Moore,
Anna Claire Webb, Haley Pierce, Madison Barnett, Hanna Hamilton and
Tamerica Yarbrough each added a single to the winners’ cause. Barnett
was the winning pitcher.

Lynch picked up five hits in five at bats on Friday to spark the
Tigers to the second win over Ethel, while Glass unloaded a triple,
double and single and Moore had two singles and a homer. Yarbrough
also had a hit.

The 3-1 Lady Tigers are off this week, before facing West Lowndes on
Tuesday and Weir on Thursday in district action.

“I am very pleased,” said Noxapater head coach Jodie Duran. “We hit
the ball well and are looking good right now. Even in the loss to
Sebastopol we had 11 hits. About three or four of the girls have
bought into the slap-hitting philosophy and it is really working for
us. And our big girls are hitting the ball as well, and that is a
real morale builder for the whole team.”