Lady Rebels put away Prep; MHS now 3-0

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 31, 2003

JACKSON &045; There’s still plenty to learn for Jackson Prep when it comes to slow-pitch softball.

The Lady Patriots, in their first year of slow-pitch softball, dropped a 10-0 decision to Adams County Christian School Monday in five innings at Center Park in Jackson.

The Lady Rebels, who improved to 14-2 on the season, can still learn a couple things themselves. A slow start got the worry of head coach Rick Fife, but they made up for it with a seven-run fifth to put the game away.

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&uot;We played all right,&uot; Fife said. &uot;We didn’t hit well early, but we came on late. We were just hitting dinky fly balls. We didn’t score any runs in the second and third innings and didn’t have any hits. It’s tough to win against good teams when you do that, especially in slow-pitch softball. We need to hit more consistently.&uot;

But worry no more once the fifth came around, and the Lady Rebels got hot enough to get home early that night. They started off with four straight singles to start the rally, and Summer Weathersby doubled in two runs to keep things rolling.

The Lady Rebels got two in the first on an April Boyd two-run homer that scored Casey Stutzman. After the scoreless second and third, they got a run in the fourth when Kelsey Ward scored on an Amanda Miller single for a 3-0 lead.

The Lady Rebels took care of business in the field to hold Prep scoreless and didn’t make an error. The Lady Patriots finished the game with just four hits off AC starting pitcher Ward.

&uot;This is Jackson Prep’s first year of slow pitch,&uot; Fife said. &uot;They have fast pitch, but they’ve never played slow pitch. They’re trying to build their program. They had a lot of flyouts.&uot;

Monterey 13, Kilbourne 5

KILBOURNE, La. &045; The Lady Wolves jumped on Kilbourne early and took advantage of 18 walks to take the District 3-B win and stay unbeaten in district play.

The Lady Wolves (9-11, 3-0) now begin a stretch run of district games this week &045; it started with Monday’s game at Kilbourne, and they host Epps today and Kilbourne Thursday.

&uot;Right now we still have five district games to go,&uot; Monterey head coach Cary Shively said. &uot;It’s still a long ways to go. But we’re in pretty good shape right now.&uot;

Hope Lipsey starting things off with a double to score a run in the first inning, and she scored on a Whitney Price single for a 2-0 lead.

Cassie Kennedy doubled in a run in the second and scored on an error for a 4-0 Monterey lead heading into the third. The Lady Wolves then scored four in the third and five in the fourth to take a 13-4 lead.

Price went the distance on the mound for the Lady Wolves, striking out 10, walking four and allowing seven hits.