Lady Panthers go on hit parade against Oxford, Starkville

TUPELO – Amory rebounded from a 3-0 loss to Booneville on Friday night with a pair of double digit wins on Saturday.
The Lady Panthers’ bats got cranked up in the snow with a 16-6 morning win over Oxford and a 15-0 shutout of Starkville.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal Amory's Bailey Oswalt gets ready to turn a double play in the Lady Panthers' 15-0 shutout of Starkville in the Tupelo Tournament on Saturday.

Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
Amory’s Bailey Oswalt gets ready to turn a double play in the Lady Panthers’ 15-0 shutout of Starkville in the Tupelo Tournament on Saturday.

“With the exception of last night, we’ve hit the ball well all week, and today we hit the ball better than we have since I’ve been here,” Amory coach Amir Hunt said. “Everyone had good hits today, and we were able to move runners around.”
In the afternoon game against Starkville, Amory sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the first.
Bailey Oswalt and Bailey Boyd led off the game with back-to-back singles, and Josie Booth sent Oswalt home on an RBI double while Boyd was tagged out at the plate.
Erin Griffith plated Booth with an RBI single of her own, while Savannah Nelson, Oswalt and Boyd all drove in runs later in the inning.
Hunt said he stressed situational hitting after Friday night’s loss.
“I talked to them last night about situations, like a runner on third with one out. That’s a situation where we have to get that runner in somehow. Overall today was a good day,” Hunt said.
Booth picked up both wins in the Tupelo Tournament on Saturday, throwing a complete game against Oxford.
“Josie has been a workhorse on the mound. She’s thrown three full games in the last three days,” Hunt said.
The Lady Panthers take on defending 3A North champ Nettleton on Tuesday before hitting the road for the Clarkdale Tournament during spring break.
“Nettleton is always going to be a good team. They’re always well-coached, fundamentally sound and always do things the right way,” Hunt said. “It will be a good game for us to see where we measure up and where we’re headed.”