Lady Patriots split four in season-opening tourney

By Rocky Higginbotham

Winston County Journal


Winston Academy split four contests in the season-opening Winona Christian Invitational fast-pitch softball tournament last Saturday.

The Patriots started the day with a 2-0 loss to Central Holmes, which won all four of its games in the tourney.

Winston followed with 6-0 and 9-3 victories over Carroll Academy and Kirk Academy before an 8-5 setback at the hands of Indianola Academy.

The 2-2 Lady Patriots were scheduled to host Oak Hill Academy Tuesday and will entertain Winona Christian Thursday this week before going to Wayne Academy on Friday.

Next week, Winston is scheduled to host Heritage Academy on Tuesday (Aug. 8) and then visit Leake Academy on Friday (Aug. 11) and Magnolia Heights on Saturday (Aug. 12).

Senior pitcher Katie Dana was the pitcher of record in all four of Winston’s games last week, and first-year head coach Ken Dana said his squad was just a bit shorthanded in the season-opening event.

After getting shut out in its first game against Central Holmes, the first five hitters reached and scored for Winston in the first inning of its 6-0 win over Carroll.

Laura Vowell scored a pair of runs in that contest, while Dana, Skylar Eaves, Coley Disbrow and Bailey Wood all scored once.

Against Kirk, Winston snapped a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the second and took control with three more in the third. Eaves reached and scored all three times, while Vowell, Dana, Disbrow, Anna Claire Bucklew, Sara Catt and Emma McCool each scored once.

In their final contest of the day against Indianola, Winston led 3-2 before a five-run rally by the Lady Colonels in the bottom of the second inning. Dana, Disbrow, Wood, McCool a