Two softball teams moved on, completing their second round sweeps on Saturday, while one team saw its season come to an end.
Kossuth rode an early lead to a 6-1 Game 2 win over Yazoo County at home, while Corinth’s one-two pitching punch controlled Houston, including a 2-0 shutout to finish off the sweep.
Biggersville came back from an early deficit but couldn’t hold on in a wild 17-13 loss.
Kossuth 6, Yazoo County 1
Macie Starling smashed a two-run homer in the second inning that jump-started the bats for Kossuth (19-7).
Maddie Mask hurled another solid performance, scattering three hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
She allowed three of those baserunners and the only run in the top of the seventh but finished off the game with a pair of strikeouts.
“Maddie recovered well and did what she’s done all year,” Kossuth coach Brandon Bobo said. “She dominated both games and had the no-hitter in the first game. We made some great plays in the field. Victoria (Fields) had a couple of big plays in left field.”
Starling’s two-run shot in the second inning came after a leadoff walk to Annabelle Marlar.
In the third, Emily Bradley banged a hit off the wall, and Victoria Fields came through with an RBI single after a long at-bat in which she fouled off five pitches in a row.
Caliann Mitchell was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth, sacrificed over to second by Bradley and scored when Hadley James reached on an error. Mask was also hit by a pitch, and Fields picked up her second hit of the game but a double play limited Kossuth in that inning.
Starling smashed a leadoff double in the sixth and scored when Ella Jobe reached on an error.
“We played like we were supposed to play today,” Bobo said. “We hit the ball well, sometimes hard right at them sometimes. Today we were focused and looked like we were ready to keep playing. It was a long day going down there yesterday, and they were a pretty good team, 20-2 coming in.”
Kossuth awaits the winner of the Mantachie/Independence series. If they meet up with division opponent Mantachie, the opening game of the third-round series would be at Kossuth on Friday night.
Corinth 2, Houston 0
Callie Pounders hurled the one-hit shutout, also issuing just one walk and striking out eight in the victory.
The Lady Warriors (17-5) scored both of their runs in the top of the sixth. Maggie Parchman led off with solo homer, and Anna Hudson added an RBI single later in the inning to score Addyson Moore, who had a hit of her own.
Parchman was 2 for 3, also adding a double. Lainey Briggs and Lylah Cox also had hits for the Lady Warriors.
Corinth awaits the winner of the Kosciusko/Pontotoc series for their third-round opponent. That series will start on Friday.
Hickory Flat 17, Biggersville 13
Biggersville saw its season come to an end in a wild one on Saturday.
In addition to the 30 runs, the game between the Lady Lions (14-8) and Hickory Flat also featured 22 hits, six errors, 14 walks and 23 strikeouts.
The Lady Lions fell behind 9-2 before starting a comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning, where they scored eight runs and took a 10-9 lead.
The lead changed hands a few more times before Hickory Flat’s four runs in the top of the seventh that ended up being the difference.
With Marlee McCalister out due to an injury at the end of Friday night’s Game 1 loss, McKinsey Coleman made the start and racked up 14 strikeouts.
Audya Harris led at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs.
Taylor Mitchell and Tylia Tipler were also 2 for 4 each with Mitchell adding a double and a pair of RBI. Anna Cait Ozbirn drove in a pair of runs as well.
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