Clinton spoils Missy Gators’ day at new field

Published 10:34 am Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vicksburg's Kelsey Lockridge takes a swing against Clinton Tuesday night at the new VHS softball field. Clinton won the game, 18-2. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

Vicksburg’s Kelsey Lockridge takes a swing against Clinton Tuesday night at the new VHS softball field. Clinton won the game, 18-2. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

It was a bittersweet moment for Vicksburg High coach Michelle Fisackerly.

On one hand, she was able to step back onto the field where she hit her first home run as a high school player as VHS christened its newly revamped softball field. But the opening ceremony to formally dedicate the “Softball Swamp” was about the only thing that went right for the Missy Gators as they fell to Clinton 18-2 in four innings.

“It was very nice for the ribbon cutting. I think maybe our adrenaline was put in the wrong place,” Fisackerly said. “We had a lot of errors. We just need to learn from our mistakes and move on.”

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The Lady Arrows wasted no time jumping out in front with a five-run first inning that set the tone of the game. After going down in order in the bottom of the first, Clinton showed off some fireworks with a deep home run into the bluffs behind center field. The long ball sparked another five-run inning that put Clinton up 10-0.

The Missy Gators showed signs of life in the bottom of the second, however, when Myah Wright followed a Jara Sims walk with a single up the middle to put runners on first and second with one out. Brianna Knox then smashed a triple off the right field wall to plate both runs and put Vicksburg on the board, but it was the only offense the team could muster.

“We just didn’t play the ball right. Granted, they hit really hard,” Fisackerly said. “We tip our hats off to the home runs … but sometimes you’re put in a situation where you had a couple of errors before that batter got up there and they’re runners that shouldn’t have been on base.”

Porters Chapel 5, Clinton Christian 1

Hannah Embry allowed one run in seven sharp innings, and Porters Chapel Academy (9-9) beat Clinton Christian to clinch the District 5-A championship.

Karley Hinson went 2-for-3 with an RBI for PCA, and Anna Beth Miller scored two runs. Miller singled in the first inning, walked in the second, and scored both times to help stake PCA to an early 4-1 lead.

Embry allowed a run in the top of the first inning, then nothing after that. She gave up four hits and two walks, and struck out four in the complete-game victory.

Porters Chapel will host Riverfield in its regular-season finale today, then will play Sylva-Bay in the MAIS Class A South State tournament Saturday in Winnsboro, La.

Game times for the double-elimination tournament have not yet been set.

Warren Central 11, Greenville-Weston 1

Warren Central collected seven singles during an eight-run second inning, and went on to rout Greenville-Weston.

Brooke Patterson knocked in two runs with her single, while Anaiyah Fultz, Kasy Cortezie and Katie Channell each drove in one.