Prep softball roundup: Vicksburg, PCA crush opponents
The Vicksburg Missy Gators will certainly have more thrilling victories this season, but Tuesday’s romp over Franklin County was just as good as any of them.
The Missy Gators collected 12 walks — seven of them in the third and fourth innings — and crushed Franklin County 15-2 in a slow-pitch softball game at Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi.
Eliyia Walker and Jazmine Miller both had two hits and four RBIs for Vicksburg, and Jamie Ward went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Kellisia Walker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Eliyia Walker doubled twice and Miller once.
Franklin County scored two runs in the top of the first, but Vicksburg (4-2) used four walks to get a run back in the bottom half and tied it in the second on an RBI single by Ward. After that, the Missy Gators blew the game open.
Four walks and an error brought in the go-ahead runs, and the Missy Gators tacked on six more before the end of the inning to take a 10-2 lead. Kellisia Walker hit a two-run single, while Eliyia Walker and Miller each doubled in two runs.
Eliyia Walker hit another two-run double in the fourth inning as Vicksburg scored five more runs to end the game via the mercy rule. Miller’s two run single finished the game.
Florence 1, Warren Central 0
Mattie Granberry’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning pushed Florence past Warren Central in a rare slow-pitch softball pitcher’s duel.
The teams combined for seven errors, but only nine hits and one walk. Kaylee Hoeft went 2-for-3 for Warren Central (2-4-1), while Logan Hardin and Bri Daughtry had one hit each.
Warren Central pitcher Kayleigh Beard allowed five hits and one walk. Florence’s Payton Campbell scattered four hits and did not walk a batter.
Three of Florence’s five hits, including Granberry’s single, came in the fifth inning.
Central Hinds 12, St. Aloysius 2
Central Hinds scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to blow open a competitive game, and went on to secure a run-rule victory over St. Aloysius (0-7-1).
Emme Eaton and Katlyn Donovan each had a hit and an RBI for St. Al. The Lady Flashes trailed 3-2 after 2 ½ innings, but Central Hinds scored three runs in the bottom of the third and six more in the fourth to pull away.
PCA 17, Greenville Christian 0
PCA 12, Greenville Christian 0
Pitchers Hannah Embry, Kyleigh Cooper and Abby Morgan combined on a pair of run-rule shortened no-hitters as Porter’s Chapel Academy (10-7) crushed Greenville Christian in a fast-pitch softball doubleheader on Tuesday.
Embry and Cooper threw two innings apiece and combined for nine strikeouts as PCA won 12-0 in game one. Neither pitcher walked a batter, but two PCA errors spoiled a chance at a perfect game.
Storey Kirklin went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Carlye Smith doubled and scored two runs.
PCA won game two 17-0 as Embry and Morgan combined on a three-inning no-hitter. Embry struck out five and walked one in two innings, and Morgan only needed nine pitches to work a perfect third inning.
Smith was 2-for-4 at the plate, with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Embry went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three runs scored, and Kirklin doubled, walked twice and scored three runs.
PCA’s batters drew 13 walks in game two.
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