RIDGELAND – Neshoba Central, Newton County, Philadelphia and Smithville have become dominant softball schools in their classes. Each of the four swept slow-pitch and fast-pitch championships during the 2014-15 school year and they are halfway to another sweep after winning MHSAA C Spire Slow-pitch State Championships October 24 at Freedom Ridge Park.
Senior Kayla Roberston led Neshoba Central to a fourth consecutive state championship. The Lady Rockets (28-6) defeated Wayne County 14-3 and 15-0.
In the first game, Robertson hit an opposite field two-run homer over the right field fence and added two singles. She had an inside-the-park three-run homer and a run-scoring triple in the clinching game to finish with seven RBIs for the day.
In sweeping four playoff series, Neshoba Central scored at least 11 runs in all eight games, outscoring the opponents 116-27. South State champion Wayne County finishes 24-12.
Newton County held on for a 13-11 win over Amory in the first game, then came from behind for an 8-6 victory to complete the sweep. It was the third straight title and ninth overall for the Lady Cougars (24-8).
In the opener, Amory scored four runs in the seventh and had the bases loaded before Newton County pitcher Chrisetta Denson retired Madeline Dean on a bouncer back to the mound for the final out. The Lady Cougars trailed 6-4 entering the seventh inning of the second game, then rallied for four runs. The big blow was a three-run inside-the-park homer by Jada McDougle, an eighth grader. Dean had given Amory (29-4) a 6-4 lead with a two-run single in the fifth.
McDougle had a two-run triple and Cassie Denson a three-run double for Newton County in the first game. Brittany Edgeworth had two doubles in the opener and a solo homer in the second game for Amory.
A big first inning in each game enabled Philadelphia to repeat with 8-3 and 5-1 victories over Nettleton. The Lady Tornadoes (33-3) scored six times in the first inning of Game 1 and four runs in the opening frame of the second game. Kambresha Grffin and T.K. Cole each had two RBIs in the first inning of the opening game. Cole capped the four-run first in the second game with a two-run triple.
Briana Holland had a solo homer in the first game for Nettleton (20-10).
Sophomore Delta Newman was the offensive star as Eupora won its third championship since 2005 with 8-4 and 10-7 victories over Enterprise (Clarke). Newman had two doubles in the first game, with the second producing a run that gave the Lady Eagles (32-2) a 5-4 lead in the fifth. She added two doubles and a single in Game 2.
Courtney Hatcher had a two-run homer for Eupora in the opener. Emily Littlejohn had the big hit in the second game, a bases loaded triple during Eupora’s four-run first.
Enterprise (22-13) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh in Game 2, but left the bases loaded.
Smithville pounded out 44 hits for 22-4 and 16-7 victories over Ethel for the Lady Noles’ second straight championship and fifth overall.
Angel Guyton and Kaitlyn Scott led a 28-hit attack for Smithville (31-5) in the first game. Guyton had two homers, a single and a double. Scott contributed four singles and a double.
After homering again in the opening frame of Game 2, Guyton was walked four times. Hailey Hughey had three singles and a three-run triple for Smithville.
Jessica Mitchell had three hits and three RBIs in the second game for Ethel (22-12).