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Lady Rockets hit at right time

By By Marty Stamper / EMG sports assistant
Oct. 3, 2003
The mark of a good softball team is that it can go awhile without doing much damage, then put up big numbers when the opportunity presents itself.
Neshoba Central, ranked No. 2 in the state in this week's Clarion-Ledger poll, had only two hits during the first three innings of Thursday's 9-5 Division 4-4A win over Northeast Lauderdale at Northeast Park.
The Lady Rockets opened the top of the fourth inning with six straight hits and scored four runs to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead.
The Lady Rockets added two more runs in the fifth and sixth frames as they improved to 24-2 overall and 5-1 in 4-4A.
Northeast dropped to 16-9 and 3-5 with five errors leading to the Lady Trojans' downfall.
Neshoba hosts top-ranked New Hope for the league championship Tuesday.
A pair of errors staked Neshoba to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Northeast tied the game in the bottom of the second as Capri Norris led off with a double and scored on a single by Jayme Gardner.
Amber Gray put the Lady Trojans up 4-1 with a three-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the third.
Neshoba's first six batters hit safely in the top of the fourth with Allison McDaniel hitting an RBI single, Jessi Nowell a two-run single, and Amber Dean an RBI double.
Samantha Giambrone had an RBI single for the Lady Rockets in the fourth. She went to second when the ball was misplayed in left field. Dacie Brantley's ground out plated another run for a 7-4 lead.
A misplayed single to right-center in the sixth led to two insurance runs for the Lady Rockets.
Nowell went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Neshoba. Dean and winning pitcher Lindsey Smith (24-2) both had a single and a double with Giambrone adding a pair of singles.
Gray went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Northeast. Norris had a single and a double, while Gardner and Jessica Love both had two singles.
Kim Crawford took the loss.