Rocky Higginbotham / Special to the Star
The Meridian Star
Newton County 21
Newton County erupted for 27 base hits en route to a convincing, 21-4 victory over Mooreville in its first game Saturday in the Houston Tournament.
Twelve different players had base hits for Newton County, and six had at least three.
Mary Snowden was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Ashton Lampton was 3-for-3 with a triple, four runs scored and three RBIs to lead the charge.
Darby Bishop was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBIs; RoNeisha Brown was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs; Lindsey Savell was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs; and Shea Alexander was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Winning pitcher Meagan Higginbotham added two hits, two runs and two RBIs; Shelby Barrett was 2-for-3 with a double; Hannah May and Latesia Davis each had one hit and two runs scored; and Ashley Gressett and Cassidy Blount each singled and drove in runs.
Newton County, which scored nine times on 10 hits in the third inning, improved to 19-4 with the victory.
Newton County 13
In its second contest Saturday in the Houston Tournament, Newton County scored in all five innings of a 13-0, rout-shortened win over the host Lady Hiltoppers.
Ashton Lampton belted a pair of home runs and a double and finished 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs to lead an 18-hit attack. Darby Bishop (double, two runs and two RBIs) and Latesia Davis (two doubles, two runs and two RBIs) were both 3-for-3, as well.
RoNeisha Brown added a two-run homer, while Savannah Gates was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for Newton County. Winning pitcher Meagan Higginbotham singled and drove in two runs, Mary Snowden belted a double, and Lindsey Savell, Ashley Gressett, Shelby Barrett and Shea Alexander all had singles.
Newton County scored six times in the second inning to build an 8-0 lead and limited Houston to just four hits.
The Lady Cougars, who are now 20-4, host Quitman Tuesday in a first-round, best-of-three series in the MHSAA Class 4A state playoffs.