Union scores win over Choctaw Central
By By Marty Stamper / EMG sports assistant
Aug. 12, 2003
CHOCTAW Union scored early and scored late in taking a 19-6 win at Choctaw Central in slow-pitch softball action Monday afternoon.
The Lady Jackets struck for six runs in the first inning and added nine in the sixth to take the run-rule win.
Union (1-2) had 19 hits, after totaling only 12 in their first two outings.
The Lady Jackets also committed only one error as the Lady Warriors stranded 11 baserunners.
Union took advantage of three Choctaw Central errors in the first inning to go up 6-0. Morgan Breland, Paige Holsen and Loren Kennedy each had RBI singles in the frame, with Amechia Hickmon adding a sacrifice fly.
Run-scoring fielder's choices by Tesa York and Kelly McMillan pulled the Lady Warriors to within 6-2 in the bottom of the first.
A sacrifice fly by Breland made it 7-2 in the top of the second.
A sacrifice fly by Tiffany Thomas gave Union an 8-2 advantage in the top of the fourth.
Choctaw Central, which was playing its season opener, got three runs in the bottom of the fourth. All three came when Ashton Thompson singled and a throw to the plate trying to get Stephanie Dixon ended up being thrown back into the outfield as Thompson circled the bases.
Union picked up two more runs in the top of the fifth on a fielder's choice by Chasity Yates and a double by Holsen, an eighth grade shortstop.
The Lady Warriors got one run back in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Thompson.
Union broke the game open with nine runs in the sixth. Big hits in the inning were a two-run single by Thomas, an RBI double by Lauren White, and RBI singles from Morgan Milling, Hickmon and Yates.
Leaving 11 runners on base hurt the Lady Warriors' comeback bid.
Kennedy and White both went 3-for-5 for Union. Thomas had two hits and four RBIs. Milling, Breland, and Holsen each had two hits with Holsen driving in three runs. Madison Brantley (1-2) got the win with relief from Yates.
Dixon went 3-for-3 to lead Choctaw Central. York, Thompson, and Ahinah Alex each had two hits.
Union returns to action Thursday at Neshoba Central. Choctaw Central goes to Northeast Lauderdale on Thursday.