Lady Tigers undefeated in district play

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

The Lady Tigers of Noxapater High School had little trouble last
week, pounding out a pair of fast-pitch softball wins to move to 5-1
overall and 2-0 in district action.

Noxapater thumped West Lowndes 17-1 in three innings on Tuesday,
before taking a solid 14-4 win over Weir on Thursday.

Madelyn Wilkes tossed a no-hitter for the Lady Tigers in the win over
West Lowndes, while Breanna Glass led the way offensively with a pair
of hits.

Treasure Lynch led Noxapater against Weir with three singles, while
Wilkes had two. Anna Claire Webb picked up the win on the mound with
Samantha Wilson earning the save.

“It was very important for us to get off to a good start in the
district,” said Noxapater head coach Jodi Duran. “It almost
guarantees us a playoff spot.”

Noxapater was set to visit West Point on Monday, before hosting the
Lady Green Wave this Thursday at 6 p.m. in non-district contests.

Tigers drop odd 16-11
contest to West
Lowndes
By Austin BIshop
The Winston County Journal

The Noxapater Tigers played only one game last week, but it seemed
like a triple-header to head baseball coach Casey Orr.
“It was almost three completely different games,” Orr said of his
team’s 16-11 district loss to West Lowndes. “After four (innings)
they were up 7-0, then we got ahead 8-7, then they scored nine runs
in the bottom of the sixth inning.”

In the end, it was walks that hurt the Tigers, as Noxapater pitchers
issued 17 free passes in the game, including eight in the crucial
sixth inning.

Despite the disappointing loss, Orr said he has seen a lot of growth
in his young players and hoped they would be able to continue to
improve as they played a trio of district games this week.

The Tigers were set to host East Oktibbeha in a district doubleheader
on Tuesday, before hosting two-time defending MHSAA Class 1A State
Champion Nanih Waiya at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Trevara Miller led Noxapater at the plate against West Lowndes,
ripping a double and driving in two runs, while also reaching twice
on walks. Marshall Kugle had a single and triple and two RBIs for the
Tigers.