Lady Indians face division battles

Story and Photos By Lucretia Moss

Monday, April 2, 2012 was the beginning to a busy week for the Lady Indians. They began their busy week hosting the Starkville Yellowjackets. In JV action, the game ended after the 2nd inning tied at three due to weather. Haley Lucas was on the mound for the Indians. Kierra Fair and Brennan Power each had a base hit in the game. With the weather being an issue, the varsity game began, but was called at the end of the 1st inning due to lightning and very strong winds. Makenzie Toombs pitched. Bridgette Robinson, Makenzie Toombs each had a base hit, Dayna Presley had two base hits and Courtney Blaine hit a double with two RBI’s. On Tuesday, the Indians hosted East Webster in a district game. The weather was again an issue to contend with. As game time was less than an hour away, the rains came. After a 30 minute delay, the coaches, players and fans got the field ready for action. Emily Robison was on the mound for the Lady Indians. A base hit for the Wolverines and an Indian error put a run up for East Webster in the top of the 1st. Dayna Presley led off for the Indians with a base hit, followed by Sarah Bowles. Unfortunately, East Webster’s defense took over, leaving the Indians scoreless with two runners left of base. In the 2nd, two Wolverine hits scored another run for East Webster. It was three up, three down for the Indians in the bottom of the inning. East Webster scored another run in the 3rd, with catcher Autumn Frost hitting a homerun, increasing the lead to 3- 0 at the end of three, as the Indians were again scoreless in the inning. The Indians held East Webster scoreless in the 4th and 5th innings. In the bottom of the 5th, Bridgette Robinson reached 1st on an error. Karina Brown was safe on 1st after a bunt. With twoon, Presley got a base hit scoring Robinson. Bowles drew a walk, but East Webster’s defense stopped the Indians with two runners left on base. East Webster leads 3-1 after five innings. The 6th inning could not have gotten any worse for the Indians. Four errors gave East Webster six runs to gain a 9-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Indians again left two runners on base. The Indians held East Webster to three up, three down in the 7th. In the bottom of the inning, Presley reached 1st on an error and Bowles drew another walk. The two runners were left stranded again and East Webster defeated Ackerman 9-1. It was not a good night for the Indians, but thanks to the described “short, fat, bald-headed man with glasses and a striped shirt,” you let the Indians know there must have been a blind man at the game. On Thursday, April 5, the Indians hosted Hamilton in district play. Emily Robison started on the mound. With two outs for the Indians, Hamilton was able to score one in the inning. Lead off batter, Dayna Presley was hit by the first pitch in the bottom of the inning, but was unable to score. The 2nd inning was scoreless for both teams. In the 3rd, Hamilton’s bats were hot. With two Indian errors and two homeruns, Hamilton put five runs on the board. In the bottom of the inning, Karina Brown started things off for the Indians reaching base on a Hamilton error. Presley and Bowles both drew walks to load the bases. Allison Cooper hit a fielder’s choice RBI to score Brown. Presley then stole home and was safe at the plate with a head dive almost a head stand. Bowles would also score before the inning ended. Hamilton leads 6-3 going into the 4th. Makenzie Toombs takes the mound for the Indians with three up, three down for Hamilton. With two outs for the Indians, two Hamilton errors put Courtney Blaine and Karina Brown on base. Presley hits a single, scoring Blaine. Another Hamilton error put Bowles on base and Brown in able to score. At the end of four Hamilton leads by one, 6-5. Hamilton starts off the 5th with another homerun. An error scores one more increasing Hamilton’s lead to 8-5. The Indians were scoreless in the bottom of the 5th and 6th. Toombs strikes out three in the 6th and the Indians were able to stop Hamilton in the 7th. In the bottom of the 7th, with one out, Cooper reaches base on a Hamilton error and is able to score on a base hit by Vanessa Miller, but the Indians come up short in a close one. Final score 8-6 Hamilton. On Good Friday, even though school was out, the Lady Indians travelled to Calhoun City for some softball action. The Young Lady Indians lost in a close one 2-1. Haley Lucas was on the mound for four strikeouts in the game. Lucas also had two hits in the game with a RBI. In varsity action, it was definitely a Good Friday, as they defeated Calhoun City 13-1 in five innings. Emily Robison and Makenzie Toombs each got pitching time. Sarah Bowles had four singles and four RBI’s. Karin Brown had two singles and one RBI, Allison Cooper had two singles and two RBI’s, Haley Lucas had a single and double with a RBI, while Makenzie Toombs, Vanessa Miller, and Courtney Blaine each had singles. The Indians will take a road trip to Hamilton on Friday, April 13 and be back home on Monday, April 16 to host Eupora. Both are district games. Show your support and come watch the Lady Indians. Hope to see you there.