Meridian Star

March 15, 2014

Smithville runs past West Lauderdale

By Reed DeSalvo \ The Meridian Star
The Meridian Star

— MERIDIAN — The Smithville High School softball team took advantage of a pair of five-run innings, including a two-run home run by Claire McNeese, to power past West Lauderdale High School, 12-3, Friday at the Clarkdale Spring Fling Tournament.

Smithville scored two runs in the first to start the scoring, capped by Morgan Barnett’s sharp single to score Lane Kennedy.

“I thought we played well once we settled in,” Smithville coach Jeremy Duke said. “I thought we played a pretty complete game. It’s huge to come out in the first game and get a win under our belt, because of the competition that is here and in this type of atmosphere. It’s huge.”

West Lauderdale answered with a single run in the bottom of the frame.

Yet the Seminoles responded with five runs in each of the second and third, which were aided by five Lady Knight errors.

“You could tell that we hadn’t played a ball game in 11 days,” West Lauderdale coach Cary Luke said. “We’ve been on spring break and got rained out three times the week before, so we looked very rusty. It wasn’t fun to watch.

  In the second, Smithville’s Billie Claire Goode singled with one out. A misplay by Mallory Thompson resulted in a error as Kennedy reached, and a walk by Katie Beth Williams loaded the bases.

Goode came home on a West fielding error off the bat of Angel Guyton, and Priscilla Keebler scored following a Katie Beth Williams walk.  Three more runs crossed home following McNeese’s single to left that was misplayed.  

The Seminoles continued their offensive attack in the fifth when Breanna Edgeworth doubled to deep center to score Kennedy. Guyton smashed a double to left field to score Keebler, who pinch ran for Edgweorth. Guyton stole third and came home following a wild pitch.   

 McNeese then came up big with her homer to put Smithville well out in front, 12-1.

“We played really well,” McNeese said. “We did better than what we probably thought we were going to play. It felt really good (hitting the home run). I just waited back on the pitch and drove it.”   

West added two runs in the bottom of the frame for the final outcome.

Clarkdale 5, Russell Christian 4

Clarkdale’s Aubrey Hart scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to lift Clarkdale past Russell Christian, 5-4.  

Miley McCleod tossed six strong innings for the Bulldogs to earn the win.

For Russell, pitcher Payton Lipport struck out seven Clarkdale batters, allowing one earned run in her four innings.  

At the plate, Lipport drove in two of the Warriors’ runs.