UNION — When you only have eight hits during the course of a slowpitch softball game, it pays to bunch them as much as possible.

Neshoba Central got five of its eight hits in the top of the sixth inning as the Lady Rockets erased a 2-0 deficit and went on to take a 4-3 win over Union.

The Lady Rockets scored four runs, all unearned, in the inning. Lauren Nicholas, Sierra Farlow and Emily Breland each had an RBI single in the frame.

“It’s good to see that they have a little fight in them, but right now, we just don’t look like we’re in sync,” said Neshoba Central head coach Tommy Holland. “We don’t look in sync with each other and I think a lot of it has to do with school starting late for us.

“We’re going to consistently get better, but we’re just not hitting the ball like we need to. Not many people are going to jack them out all night, that’s just the way the game is played now, but we’ve got to do things right... hitting behind runners and moving them over and there were a lot of cases tonight where we finally got somebody to second and then pulled a ball to the third baseman or popped it up to the left fielder.

“We do it right during the day, but it’s just not registering to them right now in games. We will get better at those things as the season goes on, but we’ve got a good bit of work and a lot of it is between the ears.”

Union scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning. Paige Holsen reached on an infield error to start the inning and Amber Smith and Casey Risher followed with singles. Risher’s hit drove in Holsen for a 1-0 lead and Risher later scored on another infield error.

Aleesa Nichols and Holsen reached on singles to start the bottom of the seventh. Nichols scored on Risher’s third hit of the night to trim the gap to 4-3, but winning pitcher Rebecca Watkins retired the next two batters on the infield to close out the win.

Nicholas and Breland both had two singles for the Lady Rockets, 1-2.

The Lady Jackets, 0-4, also had eight hits with two coming in the second inning and three more in the seventh. Risher went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while losing pitcher Shelby Smith had two singles.

Nichols had the game’s defensive gem as she robbed Leah Dennis of possible extra bases with a running shoestring catch near the left-field line in the top of the seventh.

Neshoba Central plays Carthage tonight at 6 p.m. in the Philadelphia tournament, while Union travels to Newton County tonight for a 7 p.m. contest.

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