SENATOBIA – An opposing walk-off home run in game one and a thwarted comeback attempt in the nightcap spoiled East Mississippi Community College’s softball division opener Saturday afternoon at Ranger Field.
The visiting Lady Lions dropped a pair of two-run decisions, 6-4 in eight innings and 5-3, to Northwest Mississippi Community College to begin MACJC North Division play.
In the opener, the visitors broke out on top first with a pair of runs in the third inning.
Jade Albritton’s two-out, two-run single plated starting pitcher Taylor Hackney and Corey Dawkins, who had both earlier singled.
The Rangers reached Hackney for solo tallies in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the contest heading into the late innings. Eventual game hero Haley Vance singled in a run with two outs in the fourth, while Northwest pushed across an unearned run to knot the score the next frame.
The Lady Lions out-hit Northwest, 10-8, in the opener with Roberts and Baker leading the way for the visitors with two hits apiece, including a triple and double, respectively.
Hackney, a sophomore right-hander, dropped to 3-4 on the year in going the distance for the Lady Lions.
EMCC battled from behind throughout the nightcap after trailing 1-0 early on Kimes’ second-inning leadoff home run. The Rangers extended their lead to 4-0 with three more runs, aided by a pair of Lady Lion errors, in the fifth off starting pitcher Halie Green.