Hounds can’t be beaten

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 15, 2000

FERRIDAY, La. — A nine-run sixth inning rally earned another win for the 10-0 Lady Hounds as Huntington School downed Riverfield Academy 14-7 Thursday.

The score was tied 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth when lead-off batter Emily Hazlip was walked. Consecutive bunts by Tiffany Ferguson and Lauren Wagoner then loaded the bases with no outs.

Erin Hedrick singled to drive in Hazlip, keeping the bases loaded. After Lindsay Wagoner struck out, a low pitch to Lindsey Kay Paul got behind Riverfield catcher Ellie Barham, and Ferguson slid safely into home.

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Paul then walked the bases loaded again, this time with one out. A Sylvia Moak walk scored Lauren Wagoner, and another wild pitch scored Hedrick, making the score 9-5.

After Mary-Ella Green struck out, Whitney Bradford drove in Moak and Paul with a single.

Two more runs would score on wild pitches, one on an error, and one off a Emily Hazlip single before Riverfield could retire the side.

&uot;It wasn’t one of our prettier efforts,&uot; Huntington coach Michael McAnally said. &uot;But an ugly win is better than a pretty loss.&uot;

Paul earned the win to go 8-0 on the mound this season. Riverfield’s Carrie Hendrix pitched the loss, but managed to record six strike outs.

Ferguson was 4-4 at the plate, and Moak and Lindsey Wagoner each hit a double.

The win Thursday will be a confidence boost as the Lady Hounds travel Saturday to Hillcrest Academy in Jackson to play in the largest fast-pitch softball tournament in the state, McAnally said. Huntington faces off against Jackson Prep in the first round of the 16-team, double-elimination tournament.

&uot;We’ll face a lot of 3A and 4A teams,&uot; he said. &uot;I think it will be a good barometer by which to judge the rest of our season.&uot;