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April 22, 2014

Philadelphia High softball races past Southeast Lauderdale, 11-0

MERIDIAN —     The Philadelphia High School softball team scored 10 runs in the second inning, aided by five Southeast Lauderdale errors, en route to its 11-0 win in District 5-3A action Monday.  

    The Tornadoes (18-5, 8-1) ran wild on the base paths, stealing six bases and only being caught onece — when a runner left first base before the pitch was thrown and was subsequently ruled out.

    “We know one of our strongest points is our speed,” Philadelphia coach Austin McNair said. “We know we have to utilize to do that, but to do that, we have to get on base first. Once we get on base, we have a lot of options that we can do. We like to put pressure on teams when we get on base, and it turned out good in the end for us today.”

    Additionally, freshman pitcher Macy Goldman(16-5) limited Southeast to just four hits, while striking out three batters in earning the win.  

    “(Macy) had 11 walks the first time we played them,” McNair said. “She’s worked her butt off to get better. If she keeps working hard, she’s going to be good for us.”

    For Southeast, the Lady Tigers recognized four seniors before the contest, who played in their final regular season home game — Magen Chatham, Chariae Harbin, Shakira Shoemaker and Taylor Powell.

    “Its sad that this could be our last time playing on this field for good,” said Powell, who finished 2-for-2.

    The Lady Tigers had the initial opportunity to score in the first when Shoemaker led off with a bunt single and attempted to score from first base on Lauren Yeager’s double to right-center, but was thrown out at the plate on a terrific relay throw from Preciious Sanders

    “We just never did get our bats going,” Southeast Lauderdale coach Ashlee Bailey said. “We never could get anything going together. We got a couple hits here and there, but we could never get enough to score any runs.”

    Goldman held Southeast to just two hits from that point on.

“She was throwing a change up that was really throwing us off,” Bailey said. “We were way out in front of it.”

    PHS relied on cheers from the dugout throughout the contest to fuel energy onto the field.  

    “It pumps us up,” first baseman Sydney Battle said. “It gets us energized. If we keep the cheers going, that could lead to a hit, and then another hit ... We just really feed off of everyone’s energy.”

    Added junior Jordan Gray, “It helps bring our team as one. And for our defense, it helps us keep that energy and excitement to make the plays.”

    Southeast (12-7, 4-5) must win today against Raleigh High School, and have Philadelphia and Choctaw Central High School defeat Choctaw County High School, in order to reach the playoffs.

    “We have to depend on somebody else to do their part,” Bailey. “We have to work on our hitting and be consistent. We always seem to have that one inning where we make a bunch of mistakes and can’t ever get out of the hole. Regardless if we make mistakes, we have to still keep trucking.”

    Added Powell, “We need to start believing in ourselves. We need to start playing with our heart.”

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