By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Noxapater High School fast-pitch softball team played five games over a four-day span that ended on Monday, picking up a thrilling win over Lake along the way.
The 7-6 win over Lake came in the last of three games played in the Sebastopol Tournament. Anna Claire Webb smacked three hits for the winners in the game, while Tiffany Hornesbuger and Treasure Lynch had a triple and single each and Brittany Triplett popped a pair of singles. Kiera Phillips and Kyla Thompson also each singled for the winners.
Noxapater lost to Ethel 15-4 on Friday, before dropping a 6-2 decision to Leake Central and losing to Sebastopol 8-2 to start Saturday’s event. The Lady Tigers closed out the busy four-day stretch with a narrow 16-15 loss to Starkville.
Lynch had two singles and a double to lead Noxapater in the Ethel game, while Breanna Glass and Hornesbuger ripped a triple and single each.
Madelyn Wilkes doubled and Lynch singled against Leake Central, while the Sebastopol game saw Hornesbuger pick up two singles, Webb crank out a double and Lynch single.
Philips had three singles for the Lady Tigers against Starkville, while Triplett roped a triple and single and Lynch had a double and single.
Noxapater is set to host West Lowndes on Thursday before taking part in the Leake Central Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Tigers will face Leake Central at 10:15 a.m. Louisville at 12:45 p.m. and Sebastopol at 2 p.m. Noxapater then travels to face rival Nanih Waiya on Monday for a region game.
Noxapater baseball looking to even record in district play
The 2-6 Noxapater Tigers were hoping to even their record at 1-1 in region play as they were set to play host to West Lowndes on Tuesday night.
After that game the Tigers are set to play East Oktibbeha in another region contest on Friday, before playing both Newton and Philadelphia in non-league games at Burnside Park.
Noxapater dropped three games last week, including a 10-0 league contest with Nanih Waiya on Thursday.
“As odd as it sounds, we really had some positive things to take out of that game,” said Noxapater head coach Casey Orr of the loss to Nanih Waiya. “We cut down on our strikeouts and did a better job at the plate. But, we had seven or eight errors. Face it, when you make that many errors against a team like Nanih Waiya and still manage to take the game to all seven innings, that’s a positive. These kids have never forced Nanih Waiya to play all seven innings before.”
Braden Estes had a double in the game for Noxapater, while Keonte Daniels ripped a single.
Noxapater opened the week with a 7-1 loss to Ethel and closed it on Saturday with an 11-3 loss to Sebastopol.
“That was really the most disappointed I have been in a game,” Orr said of the loss to Sebastopol. “We were not mentally ready to play. We fell behind 9-0 in the first two innings and then outscored them 3-2 the rest of the way.”
Marshall Kugle led Noxapater at the plate with a double and single and two RBIs, while Trevara Miller also had a double and single and Daniels laced a pair of singles.
Kugle had a homer for Noxapater in the 7-1 loss to Ethel last Tuesday.