Northeast softball completes perfect spring break
Northeast Mississippi Community College softball team used a perfect spring break in evening its record.
Northeast (11-11) went a perfect 4-0 over Spring Break holidays and set itself up as one of two Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division teams with a non-losing record.
North Division rival Itawamba is the only other division team with a non-losing record at 13-8 and the Lady Tigers and Lady Indians face off in Booneville on Tuesday, March 22 in a North Division doubleheader.
Northeast used an unconventional means in accomplishing the perfect Spring Break mark as the Lady Tigers relied upon the arm of Kelle West (Hamilton) to pick up a pair of wins against Southwest Tennessee and then took a pair from Arkansas Little riding the backs of starters Jazmin Smith (Anchorage, Alaska) and Haley Wright (Kissimmee, Fla.).
West, who pitched for the Lady Tigers during the 2010 season, had seen little action before toeing the rubber against the Lady Salukis and kept Southwest Tennessee off balance enough to register the two wins.
West gave up 12 hits in the first game against the Lady Salukis but managed to keep the score line clean holding the high-powered Southwest Tennessee offense to noruns over the first 10 innings of the doubleheader.
After picking up the win in the first game 2-0 on four hits, Northeast broke out the offense behind West pounding out 16 hits in an 8-6 decision that saw the Lady Tigers battle back with eight runs in their final two at bats after trailing 4-0.
Haley Knepp (Kossuth) led the way for the Lady Tigers with four hits in the 16-hit barrage as Paige Smith (Houston), Nicki Whitten (Booneville), Robin Franks (Hernando) and Smith all had a pair of base knocks for Northeast in the 8-6 decision.
Northeast continued its Spring Break success as the Lady Tigers traveled to Little Rock, Ark., to take on first-year Arkansas Baptist and walked away with back-to-back shutouts 8-0, 13-0 over the Lady Buffaloes.
Smith and Wright limited the Lady Buffaloes to just two combined hits throwing back-to-back one-hitters as Smith fanned 12 batters in the opener that saw the Lady Tigers jump out to an 8-0lead and never look back.
In the nightcap, Northeast gave Wright all the runs she would need in the first with a six-run first and the Lady Tigers coasted to a 13-0 decision with Knepp and West leading the way with three hits apiece in the 14-hit game.
Northeast, which has won five of its last six, looks to keep the momentum going when the Lady Tigers host Itawamba Community College in Booneville on Tuesday, March 22 in a North Division doubleheader. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
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