Noxapater Tigers looking to close out on positive note

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

After visiting Ethel on Tuesday, the Noxapater High School baseball
team was looking to wrap up the 2013 season with a home game against
Leake County at 6 p.m. on Friday and a road trip to Ackerman to take
on the Indians at 7 p.m.

The young Tigers dropped three games over the last seven days,
including a tough 3-2 setback to district foe Weir at home on Monday.

“Marshall Kugle had probably his best outing of the year,” said
Noxapater head coach Casey Orr of his pitcher. ‘We had a 2-1 lead,
but they scored two runs off a double in the sixth and we couldn’t
find a way to get another run.”

Kugle also had a double himself in that game for the Tigers, while
Trent Moore and Brandon Kugle each added a hit.

The Tigers lost at Weir 7-2 last Tuesday, then dropped a 15-4
decision to Philadelphia on Saturday. Both of those games were
competitive early on.

In the first loss to Weir the Lions were ahead 3-2 until the fifth,
when they scored four runs.

Keonte Daniels had two singles and a double for Noxapater in the
game, while Trevara Miller popped a double and Tristan Boyette, R.J.
Pierce and Austin Snow had a single each.

The game with Philadelphia was tied 4-4 in the fourth before the
Tornadoes delivered a solo homer and a three-run blast to break the
game open. Daniels and Marshall Kugle each had hits for Noxapater in
the game.

Lady Tigers still in division title hunt
By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Lady Tigers know for sure they are going to the playoffs, but
they went into Wednesday afternoon’s 4 p.m. contest at Nanih Waiya
hoping for a little more.

If Noxapater beat Nanih Waiya by six runs or more, then the Lady
Tigers would win the district and get a first-round bye in the MHSAA
Class 1A State Softball Tournament. Otherwise, Noxapater will be
second and will be traveling to Natchez on Thursday to take on
Cathedral in the first game of a best-of-three series. The second
game and the if-necessary third game would be played at Noxapater on
Saturday.

“I think we are playing pretty well right now,” said Noxapater head
coach Jodie Duran. “We are still doing well offensively, we just have
to clean up a few things defensively.”

Noxapater headed into the Nanih Waiya game with an 8-3 overall record
and a 4-1 league record.
Last week the Lady Tigers rolled past Weir 20-5 and West Lowndes
17-2. Anna Claire Webb and Madelyn Wilkes both had two hits in the
win over Weir, while Chelsea Moore banged out a pair of hits against
West Lowndes.