Lady Tigers struggle in road games against EMCC

Northeast Mississippi Community College softball team saw its grip on the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) state playoffs shrink Tuesday, April 5.
Northeast (19-16, 9-7 in the North Division) watched as its cushion on the fourth andfinal playoff spot from the North dropped to just three games over Mississippi Delta and Holmes community colleges when the Lady Tigers dropped a twinbill to division-leading East Mississippi 6-4, 7-2 in Scooba.
Holmes moved into a tie with Mississippi Delta for fifth on Tuesday, April 5 as the Lady Bulldogs knocked off Coahoma Community College twice while the Lady Trojansgames with Northwest Mississippi were rescheduled for Monday, April 11 due to inclement weather.
In the opening game, East Mississippi jumped out early on Northeast, only to see the Lady Tigers rally for three runs in the third and tie the contest at 3-all.
East Mississippi rallied back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame and an insurance run in the fifth while taking a 6-3 lead into the seventh.
Northeast mounted a comeback in its final at scratching a run on the board and cutting the lead to 6-4.
Kelle West (Hamilton) suffered the loss on the mound for the Lady Tigers. West’s only two losses on the year have come at the hands of East Mississippi.
After toeing the rubber against Southwest Tenn., on March 15, West is 8-0 againstcompetition other than the division leader.
Offensively, Raleigh Downs (Booneville) and Katie Beth Dahlem led the way for the Lady Tigers with four of Northeast’s eight hits in the opener.
Downs made the most of her base knocks pounding out a pair of doubles while Dahlem split her hits with a single and a double.
In the nightcap, East Mississippi exploded for seven runs in the second and never looked back as Northeast actually out hit the Lady Lions in the game.
Dahlem and West knocked around doubles in the nightcap while the Lady Tigers collectedthree other singles during the affair.
Northeast will look to make traction in the North Division on Friday, April 8 when the Lady Tigers host Northwest Mississippi Community College in its second annual StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader at Booneville City Park at 2 p.m.