“I was really proud of the girls being able to bounce back so quickly after going to Co-Lin on Saturday,” said Coach Andy Kirk. “Typically pitching dominates the early part of the season, but I feel like all that extra time in our indoor hitting facility really paid off with the way we were hitting the ball.”
The Lady Indians (3-1, 0-0 MACJC North) won a 10-7 shootout in Game 1 highlighted by a pair of two-run home runs from sophomores Kory Watterson (Nesbit) and Emilee Henderson (Burnsville).
“There were a handful of errors that helped them get some runs early in the game, but hopefully we can get some dry and warm weather to get out on the field to be able to correct those type of mistakes,” said Kirk. “Overall I was really pleased with the way the girls battled and never gave up after falling behind in the fourth.”
Henderson finished the game with 4 RBI while Haley Moore (Booneville) and Cat Carver (Hernando) each had three of the Lady Indians’ 14 hits to help Kelsey Kesler (Abbeville) pick up her first win of the season.
The Lady Indians wasted little time jumping on the Lady Eagles (1-3, 0-0 MACJC South) as Moore, Carver and Henderson all scored in the bottom of the first inning before hanging a six spot on the board in the bottom of the fourth in their 11-1 5-inning victory in Game 2.
Moore, Watterson, Ashley Langford (Columbus) and Rachel Elder (Guntown) each had a pair of hits to help Hannah Johnson (Branson, MO) pick up her second win this season.
“We knew picking up some runs early in the game would be key to the second game,” Kirk commented. “The girls came out aggressive and we able to jump on them early in the game to be able to get the sweep in front of a great crowd that came out to support the team.”
The Lady Indians split their season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College dropping Game 1, 6-1, and winning Game 2, 11-1, in 5 innings on Saturday.
The Lady Indians will be on the road to face Hinds on Thursday and will participate in the Northeast Mississippi Community College TigerFest on Saturday as they face Lincoln Land Community College at 9:30, Jefferson College at 11:30 and John A. Logan College at 3:30 at the Booneville City Park.
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HCC 023 200 0 – 7 9 1
ICC 311 221 X- 10 14 2
WP: Kelsey Kesler (1-0) LP: Brandie Freeman
Multiple Hits: (ICC) Haley Moore 3, Cat Carver 3, Cara Hopper 2, Ashley Langford 2, Heather Dillard 2. (HCC) Courtenay Holt 2, Allison Hux 2.
2B: (ICC) Carver, Hopper (HCC) Hux, Bailey Ladner. HR: (ICC) Kory Watterson, Emilee Henderson (HCC) Staci Johnson, Megan Goss.
HCC 001 00 – 1 4 2
ICC 311 6X – 11 11 0
WP: Hannah Johnson (2-0) LP: Cerah Bryd
Multiple Hits: (ICC) Haley Moore 2, Kory Watterson 2, Ashley Langford 2, Rachel Elder 2.
2B: (ICC) Moore, Watterson, Elder, Emilee Henderson. (HCC) Norgrace Davis. 3B: (HCC) Courtenay Holt
Records: ICC 3-1, 0-0 HCC 1-5, 0-0
Next: ICC will host Calhoun Community College on Tuesday, February 18 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
ICC 000 010 0 – 1 4 2
CLCC 101 310 X – 6 12 0
WP: Brook Gonzales (2-0) LP: Montana Hawkins (0-1)
Multiple Hits: (ICC) Emilee Henderson 2. (CLCC) Savannah Johnston 2, Anna Roberts 2, Meghan Johnson 2, Missy Romero 2.
2B: (CLCC) Romero. HR: (ICC) Ashley Langford
ICC 012 26 – 11 10 1
CLCC 001 00 – 1 2 2
WP: Hanah Johnson (1-0) LP: Payton Sheffield (1-1)
Multiple Hits: (ICC) Cara Hopper 2.
2B: (ICC) Hopper, Cat Carver.
Notes: Cara Hopper went 3-for-3 at the plate and had 3 RBI