By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Lady Tigers exploded offensively on Monday night to take a crucial 14-4 home win over region foe West Lowndes in slow-pitch softball action.
“That was big for us and the way we needed to get started in the district,” said Noxapater head coach Jodie Duran. “We only have three teams in the district so each game you play is just that much more important.”
The Lady Tigers are set to visit league foe Nanih Waiya on Thursday before hosting Leake Central in a non-league contest on Monday.
Treasure Lynch belted a pair of homers for Noxapater in the win over West Lowndes, while Kiera Phillips had a triple and two singles and Anna Claire Webb unleashed a homer. Tiffany Hornesbuger ripped a three-bagger for the Lady Tigers as well, with Emily Mills picking up two singles and Madelyn Wilkes and Kyria Carter having a single each.
Noxapater dropped a 16-10 slugfest on the road to Sebastopol last Thursday.
Wilkes had a grand slam in the game for the Lady Tigers, while Lynch and Hornesbuger had three hits each and Breanna Glass cracked a triple. Webb doubled for the Lady Tigers, with Hanna Hamilton, Kyria Carter and Mills picking up a single each.
“We are really hitting the ball well up and down the lineup right now and that’s good to see,” Duran said.
Lady Warriors roll to three convincing wins
The Nanih Waiya Lady Warriors took a convincing win over Leake Central last Thursday and then pounded East Oktibbeha twice on Monday to run their slow-pitch softball winning streak to four games.
Nanih Waiya is set to open region play by hosting Noxapater at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Lady Warriors will then host their other region opponent, West Lowndes, at 6 p.m. on Monday.
Nanih Waiya used eight hits to score nine first-inning runs in the win over Leake Central. The Lady Warriors added single runs in the second and fourth innings to take the 11-1 win by the run rule.
Hope Thames cranked out a homer and drove in two runs for the winners, while Reagan Holdiness had three singles and Marlee Parkes picked up a double and single. Ryan Holdiness and Krysten Eaves had two singles each for NW, while Candace Thornton drilled a double and Allayna Lovorn, Ashley Thames and Kaytlyn Burrage had a single each.
Nanih Waiya had little trouble with East Oktibbeha on Monday, winning the opener 17-0 and cruising to a 22-0 win in the nightcap.
After hosting West Lowndes this Monday, the Lady Warriors are set to host Clarkdale on Thursday, Oct. 3 and then take part in the East Webster Tournament on Oct. 5.