By Robbie Robertson
Winston County Journal
The Noxapater Lady Tigers struggled at the plate last week but managed to split a pair of games. The Lady Tigers beat French Camp 8-6 on Thursday before dropping a 12-2 decision to Ethel on Friday.
Noxapater was scheduled to take Spring break off and will return to action on Tuesday, March 21 when they host Sebastopol. On Thursday they will travel to West Lowndes and on Friday, the Lady Tigers will host Starkville. On Saturday, the Lady Tigers will travel to the Sebastopol Tournament.
Noxapater 8, French Camp 6
The Lady Tigers grabbed a victory against the Lady Panthers on Thursday.
French Camp scored two in the top of the first and led 3-1 after two innings. But Noxapater took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the fifth to take the win.
The Lady Tigers only had four hits in the contest as Madelyn Wilkes was 2-for-4 while Princess Welch and Yolanda Cooper also had hits. Morgan Duran had two sacrifice bunts while Gracey Moore had a sacrifice.
Glad to get that win against French Camp,” Noxapater coach Jodie Duran said. “We trailed until the fourth when Morgan Duran got things going with a sacrifice bunt that scored Faith Harrington and Princess Welch. Gracey Moore and Katelyn Barnett also drove in two runs. In the fifth we also added three runs with Madelyn Wilkes and Yolanda cooper started it off with a hits and Faith Harrington had an RBI.”
Duran and Moore both drove in two runs apiece while Wilkes, Cooper, Faith Harrington and Katelyn Barnett each drove in runs. Lexi Thomas was the winning pitcher as French Camp had six hits but struck out 10 times.
Ethel 12, Noxapater 2
Ethel used some timely hitting as they took a run-rule victory over Noxapater on Friday.
Noxapater took the early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. But Ethel responded with one in the second, five in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. Noxapater’s other run was in the fourth.
“We had a rough night at the plate versus Ethel,” Duran said. “We were only able to plate two runs. Madelyn Wilkes pitched the game only giving up four hits and struck out seven but seven walks and four errors allowed Ethel to stack up their runs.
Noxapater managed only two hits, both by Madelyn Wilkes. Wilkes and Faith Harrington each had RBIs.
Ethel had only four hits and tagged Wilkes with the loss on the mound. Ethel drew seven walks and struck out seven times as well while Noxapater drew six walks but struck out eight times.