By Rocky Higginbotham / Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Newton County scored 10 runs in its first and final at-bats Saturday afternoon en route to a convincing, 22-3 win over visiting Clarkdale in the teams’ second “Strike Out Cancer” softball matchup of the season.
Fourteen different players had base hits in the win for Newton County, which banged out 23 base hits and improved to 16-3 on the season.
Darby Bishop, Mary Snowden and winning pitcher Meagan Higginbotham were all 3-for-3 to lead the charge. Bishop had a triple and four RBIs, Snowden scored twice and drove in two runs and Higginbotham scored three times.
Hannah May was 2-for-2 with three runs scored;
Ashton Lampton was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs; RoNeisha Brown was 2-for-2 with a double; while Shay Spivey, Triniere Walker, Shaylon Farmer, Shelby Barrett, Lindsey Savell, Ashley Gressett, Latesia Davis and Savannah Gates all had hits. Gates drove in two, Davis doubled and scored twice and Barrett also doubled.
Breanna Ivy was 2-for-2 and Alex Riser doubled and drove in one run for Clarkdale. Molly McLeod was the losing pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs, who fell to 9-12 and will travel to West Lauderdale Monday.
Newton County 7 Choctaw Central 1
In their second contest Saturday at Mack Fanning Stadium, Newton County got the only runs it needed in the first inning and topped Choctaw Central, 7-1.
The Division 6-4A champion Lady Cougars, who improved to 17-3, will entertain Philadelphia Monday night to kick off their final week of regular-season competition.
Ashton Lampton, Darby Bishop, RoNeisha Brown, Mary Snowden and Shelby Barrett had two hits each in the win over Choctaw Central.
Lampton doubled and scored once; Brown was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI; Barrett was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run; and Bishop was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Latesia Davis, Lindsey Savell and Hannah May each added hits and Meagan Higginbotham was the winning pitcher.
Hannah Hickman was 2-for-4 with a solo homer for Choctaw’s only run, while Candace Jefferson added a double for the Lady Warriors -- who fell to 20-4 on the year.
Quitman drops a pair
The Lady Panthers took a hit to their hot start this season. Quitman lost 8-2 to Enterprise Saturday before falling 4-3 to Wayne County later in the day. The Lady Panthers are now 12-4 on the season.