By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
The Noxapater slow-pitch softball team gave itself a little boost heading into this week’s action with a 21-1 win over French Camp Academy in the Kosciusko Tournament on Saturday.
“We played better on Saturday by not giving up a big inning on defense,” said Noxapater head coach Jodie Duran of her team’s effort in the tournament. The Lady Tigers lost to Winona 5-4 to begin tourney action. “Those big innings are hurting us because we are not putting up the hits I would like to see.”
Noxapater opened the week with a 15-2 loss to Winona, before falling to Kosciusko 16-8. The Lady Tigers were 2-6 on the season heading into a home match-up with Ethel on Monday. Noxapater was set to host defending MHSAA Class 2A State Champion East Webster on Thursday, before entertaining Leake Central on Sept. 7 and Louisville on Sept. 10.
Noxapater banged out 18 hits in the win over FCA, with Madelyn Wilkes, Kiera Phillips, and Lexi Thomas picking up two hits each. Wilkes had three RBIs for the winners, while Phillips, Kyria Carter, Raleigh Parker, Princess Welch, Morgan Duran and Thomas and two RBIs each.
Picking up one hit each for the Lady Tigers were Sammi WIlson, Tiffany Hornesbuger, Simone Coburn, Carter, Katelyn Barnett, Olivia McDonald, Parker, Welch, Yolanda Cooper, Duran, and Ashley Clark.
Noxapater scored two runs in the top of the seventh against Winona in the 5-4 loss in the Kosciusko Tournament, but fell just short of the win. Wilkes, Thomas and Parker had two hits each for the Lady Tigers in the game, while Phillips, Carter and Barnett had one each. Barnett also drove in a pair of runs.
In the 15-2 loss to Winona to open last week, the Lady Tigers were led at the plate by Philips, Hornesbuger, Wilkes, and Thomas with a hit each. Hornesbuger belted a triple and three singles and drove in two runs in the loss to Kosciusko, while Wilkes had a double and single and two RBIs. Coburn and Barnett had two hits each for Noxapater, with Phillips and Carter picking up one each.