Early season pains

Union County teams had a hard time picking up wins in the North Pontotoc tournament over the weekend. East Union, Ingomar and New Albany squared off in the day-long event, each struggling against their opponents.


The Lady Falcons opened the day against the Lady Cougars of South Pontotoc, falling 9-2. Samantha Mayo went 3-for-3 in the game to lead Ingomar, and would carry that over into the Lady Falcon’s second game versus Walnut.

Ingomar kept with the Lady Wildcats early, as they responded after Walnut placed two on the board in the first. Kate Webb opened the inning with a single, followed by singles by Mayo, Shelly Grisham and Reid Little. Little’s base hit scored Ingomar’s first run, and a sacrifice out by Anna McCutchen plated Mayo to tie the game.

The top trio again singled in the third inning, resulting in two more runs for Ingomar, as Webb scored on a single by Grisham and Little off of a Walnut error.

Three hits by the Lady Wildcats in the fourth tied the game again, as a two-run single by Riley Quinn made the score 4-4.

After Ingomar took the 6-4 lead in the fifth inning, Walnut sealed the game in the seventh, scoring four runs off three hits. A double by Lindsey Puls scored one run, while a Lady Falcon error scored two more, giving Walnut the win.

Grisham and Little reached base each time at bat for Ingomar, while Webb and Mayo each went 2-for-4 to round out the top of the Lady Falcons’ batting order.

East Union

East Union watched as Ranesha Townsend and Houlka came from behind to take the 7-5 win Saturday morning.

The Lady Urchins built a 5-0 lead over the Lady Wildcats after the first two innings, as Amber Cox walked six for East Union, contributing to the early lead.

Houlka would score their first runs in the third, as Townsend led off with a single, followed by a walk of Macey Heair. A two-out single plated both runners, cutting into East Union’s lead.

Townsend took over in the fourth with a grandslam, putting the game out of reach, as Houlka scored five in the inning to take the game, 7-5.

East Union lost earlier in the day to Pontotoc, 5-2, despite a homerun by Sunnie Knighton in the fourth inning. The Lady Urchins did pick up a win over Tupelo Christian, 10-2, ending their showing in the tournament.

New Albany

Head coach Michael Kelly said the Lady ‘Dawgs match-up versus Kossuth would be their toughest of the day, and New Albany had an impressive showing, falling 3-2 in the final inning.

Kossuth early scored early on an RBI single, but New Albany would respond in the third, as Mallory Beaty opened with a single, followed by an RBI single by Kelsey Hodges.

The Lady Aggies took a 2-1 advantage in the fourth after an RBI double by Glidewell. NAHS tied the game again in the sixth after an RBI triple by Morgan Beaty plated Carrie Spencer, who reached earlier on a single. A sacrifice fly out by Mayo in the seventh plated Stewart for the Aggies, giving Kossuth the win.

Mallory Beaty went 2-for-2 in the game to lead the Lady ‘Dawgs, who also fell to Belmont, 8-6 and tied Corinth in the tournament.