Prep softball: Green Wave stun Tigers

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 5, 2019

NATCHEZ — Madeline Smith did her best on the mound to keep the Cathedral High School Lady Green Wave in the game against a good Centreville Academy Lady Tigers team Monday afternoon.

Then she capped off an improbable four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-out, two-run double off Centreville starting pitcher Amanda Newman as the Lady Green Wave stunned the Lady Tigers 5-4.

Smith’s double scored Hailey Ellis, who was walked, and Lauren Dunbar, who was intentionally walked. Katelon Nettles, pinch-running for Haleigh Nunnery, and Kinsley Young each scored a run to start the comeback for the home team.

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Prior to the seventh inning, Newman for the most part had her way with Cathedral’s bats. Over the first six innings, the only run the Lady Green Wave scored occurred in the bottom of the second on a single by Nunnery which tied the game at 1-1.

The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Emilea Roberts. They retook the lead with one run in the top of the third inning and added to their lead with one run each in the top of the fourth and seventh innings.

Roberts went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and one run scored while Lexlea Sterling was 2-for-3 with one run scored to lead Centreville at the plate.

Smith went the distance and gave up four runs, three of them earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts, seven walks, and one hit batter. Nunnery was 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored. The Lady Green Wave won the game despite committing four errors.

The Lady Green Wave will take on Tri-County Academy at 11:30 a.m., Jackson Preparatory School at 2:15 p.m., and Franklin Academy at 5:50 p.m.

Silliman Institute 10,

ACCS 0 (5 innings)

CLINTON, La. — The Silliman Institute Lady Wildcats used back-to-back four-run innings to defeat the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels 10-0 Tuesday afternoon in an MAIS District 4-4A game.

Higginbotham (no first name given) pitched all five innings for Silliman and gave up just one hit, a single by Cassi Haydel. She also struck out seven batters, walked four batters, and hit one batter. Higginbotham helped her own cause with a solo home run.

The Lady Wildcats took a 1-0 lead after one inning of play before putting the game out of reach with four runs in both the bottom of the second inning and the bottom of the third to go up 9-0. They put the 10-run-after-five-innings mercy rule in play with one run in the bottom of the fourth.

ACCS (1-12, 0-6) next plays at the Brookhaven Academy Tournament on Saturday.