Lady Mustangs sweep season series from IAHS in county rivalry

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

FULTON – Following a victory at home over in-county rival Itawamba

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Mantachie's Anna Wagster slides underneath the tag of IAHS third baseman Brianna Moore during the Lady Mustangs' 13-8 win on October 1 to sweep the season series against the Lady Indians, 2-0.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM
Mantachie’s Anna Wagster slides underneath the tag of IAHS third baseman Brianna Moore during the Lady Mustangs’ 13-8 win on October 1 to sweep the season series against the Lady Indians, 2-0.

AHS earlier in the season, the Mantachie Lady Mustangs went for the sweep on the Lady Indians’ home field on Oct. 1.
Mantachie was in the thick of the playoff race in division 1-2A, but took a night out of division play to provide the metaphorical rain on IAHS’s senior night parade with a 13-8 victory to sweep the season series, 2-0.
McKinley Montgomery got things going with a lead-off double for the Lady Mustangs and was immediately driven in by an Anna Wagster single.
Wagster would later score on a Lynsey Barber single to push Mantachie out to an early 2-0 lead.
The score would remain unchanged until the bottom of the second inning, when Kayla Norris delivered a leadoff double for the Lady Indians and would score on a single from Kelsey Spradling to cut Mantachie’s lead to 2-1.
The Lady Mustangs would tack on three runs in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by Montgomery and a pair of singles and runs from Wagster and Emilee Clouse to stretch the lead to 5-1.
IAHS got a solo home run from Alexis Freeman in the bottom of the third, but Mantachie would continue to pour on the offense with four more runs in the following inning. After two quick outs, the Lady Mustangs put on their rally caps when Hallie Lindsey and Lexi Dickenson each singled, and Montgomery followed with a single of her own.
Wagster delivered the most critical blow of the inning, and the game, when she drilled a pitch over the fence for a home run to push Mantachie ahead 9-2.
IAHS would respond in the fourth inning, when McKenzie Coleman walked to lead off the inning and Mariah Stevens and Spradling would single.
Spradling’s single drove in Coleman, then Mallory Mabus and Brittney Sullivan would each single to score Stevens and Spradling.
The Lady Indians trailed 9-5 after four innings and would eat into the Lady Mustangs’ lead a bit more in the fifth.
Freeman and Coleman both singled and later scored on hits by Norris and Brianna Moore to pull within 9-7.
After Mantachie struggled for the second consecutive inning on offense, IAHS tacked on another run in the sixth inning when Sullivan singled and scored on a Freeman hit to cut the Lady Mustang lead to 9-8.
Mantachie flipped the offensive switch again in the top of the seventh inning to pull away, scoring four runs on six consecutive hits.
Wagster, Kennedy Jones, Clouse and Barber each singled and scored to open the final inning, and Jade Miller and Hannah Sparks both provided RBI singles to help propel the Lady Mustang assault.
The Lady Indians trailed 13-8 and got a pair of two-out hits from Stevens and Spradling, but a game-ending fielder’s choice preserved the big win for Mantachie.

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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