from staff reports
The Meridian Star
SE Lauderdale 1
The Southeast Lauderdale softball team lost its opening game of the El Norte Clarkdale Spring Fling, falling to Amory 4-1 at Northeast Park on Saturday.
Lauren Yaeger picked up the loss for the Tigers in the circle. Denisha Knight collected two hits, while Dori Timms also collected a hit in the loss.
SE Lauderdale 0
After suffering a loss in its first game, Southeast’s luck would not improve in its second game of the day against Corinth.
Corinth kept the Tiger’s bats at bay, only allowing three Southeast hits in the game while shutting out the Tigers 10-0.
Brianna Roulier, Baleigh Booker and Katie Dawson collected the hits for Southeast.
The Tigers will travel to Meridian to take on the Wildcats on Monday.
The Clarkdale softball team wrapped up play at the Clarkdale Spring Fling by losing to Eupora 6-1 Saturday at Northeast Park.
Kristen Mitchell received the loss for the Bulldogs despite a solid effort in the circle.
Mitchell pitched three innings, giving up only one run and leaving the game with Clarkdale trailing 1-0.
Clarkdale head coach Britt Bennett said pitching the previous two days at the tournament had finally caught up with his star pitcher and Mitchell simply ran out of gas after the third. Merideth Hunt led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 2-2 on the day.
Clarkdale fell to 3-9 on the season and will host Northeast Lauderdale on Tuesday.
Newton County 5
Ashton Lampton hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Newton County over Southaven in its first game Saturday in the Clarkdale Spring Fling Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament.
Newton County scored twice in the first inning and led 3-1 until the seventh, when the Lady Chargers knotted it on a two-run dinger of their own.
But in the bottom of the seventh, Lindsey Savell reached on an error and Lampton hit the first pitch she saw deep over the right-center field fence.
Lampton was 2-for-4 with a homer and sun-aided triple, two runs and two RBIs and winning pitcher Darby Bishop (5-1) was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Newton County.
The Lady Cougars, 9-2, also got a double from Savell; a single, run and RBI from Latesia Davis; two runs scored by Triniere Walker; and singles from both Abby Reeves and Shea Alexander.
–– Rocky Higginbotham
Newton County 14
In their second contest Saturday, Newton County used a seven-run second inning to break things open against former division rival Magee.
The Lady Cougars, 10-2, got a single, double, two runs and three RBIs from Bishop; a single, double and RBI from Savannah Gates; and a 2-for-2 performance from Davis that included a couple of runs scored.
Lampton scored two runs; Cassidy Blount was 1-for-1 with two runs and two RBIs; Reeves had one hit, two runs and three RBIs; Hannah May was 1-for-1 with a run; Alexander had one hit and one RBI; Meagan Higginbotham had an RBI; and Walker and Shelby Barrett both scored once.
Dalmerika King (1-0) went the distance to earn the victory, striking out two and scattering four hits.
–– Rocky Higginbotham
South Panola 6
Quitman dropped its first of two games Saturday in the Clarkdale Spring Fling, losing to South Panola 6-2 at Northeast Park.
Kallie Belcher received the loss for the Panthers.
Mallory Lee led the Quitman at the plate, going 2/3 with a double in the game. Tori Dew went 1/1 with and RBI double and Camille McKenna went 1/1 with an RBI as well.
Bibb County (Ala.) 4
Quitman lost its second game of the afternoon, falling to Bibb County 4-1 to wrap up the Clarkdale Spring Fling.
Abigail Toomey got the loss for the Panthers, while Whitney Neely and Tori Dew collected the Panthers only two hits in the contest.
Dew hit an RBI double to give Quitman its only run.
The two losses drop Quitman to 3-7 on the season. The Panthers will travel to Newton County on Tuesday.