BASEBALL: Lions, Panthers win division openers

Monroe Journal reports
Hamilton started Division 2-2A play the way it needed too last Monday.
The Lions (6-1, 1-0) beat Ackerman 6-3.
Sophomore left-hander Chase Reeves had 15 strikeouts.
“He got in trouble one inning, but he just threw really well,” said Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest. “He was throwing the fastball by them and they couldn’t hit his curveball.”
Like Hamilton, Ackerman is considered one of the teams to beat in division.
“They should be.,” Earnest said. “They returned most of their starters, except two I think. They’re a good solid team. It was a lot closer game than what it sounds. We struck out 10 times ourselves.”
Reeves improved to 2-0 and Dylan Earnest had two of Hamilton’s six hits, including a double.
Ackerman had only four hits.
Amory 3, Houston 2
n On Tuesday, Kyle Montet homered for Amory in a Division 2-3A opening win. Stephen Otey and Montet had four of the Panthers’ (5-4, 1-0) six hits. Montet earned the win. Landon Brister the loss.
Smithville 12, Vardaman 5
n The Seminoles won their 2-1A opener at Vardaman. Datrune Freeman had a double and a triple, as Steve Adams got the win. Adams had three hits, Brett Bridges and Bud Cox two each. Ben Kennedy added a triple. Forrest Kendall took the loss for the Rams.
S. Pontotoc 10, Nettleton 7
n In Division 2-3A play, South Pontotoc (3-3, 1-0) scored seven fifth inning runs in both teams’ division openers. Storm Bates had four of Nettleton’s nine hits. The Tigers fell to 3-4, 0-1. Heath Kitchens (1-0) got the win, Sam Cruse the save.
March 7
ICC 24, East Central 10
n At East Central, the two combined for 42 runs, 36 hits and six forgotten errors. Ladarrius Cole had four of ICC’s 22 hits. Jake Sloan had two. Both had one of the Indians’ (11-5) seven home runs.
East Central 6, ICC 5
n Game 2 of the doubleheader took it easier on the scoreboard.
Nettleton 15, Smithville 3
n In a five-inning win, Nettleton (3-5) scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first. Johnny Young got the win, Steve Adams the loss for Smithville (3-10). Nettleton had 15 hits, two each from Anthony Franklin, Devan Richardson, Storm Bates, Young and Colby Channey. Joe Sullivan, Young and Channey doubled for the Tigers. Tyler Jackson doubled for Smithville, which committed three errors.
March 7
Hatley 15, Aberdeen 1
n Aberdeen went hitless against Lesley Hudson, who improved to 5-2. Hatley (5-3) got two hits from Hudson, a double from Meagan Dabbs and a home run from Lachelle Vance. April Sanders took the loss.
Nettleton 8, Houston 2
n Kimmy Nicholson had three of Nettleton’s seven hits. Jessica Patterson had two. Katie Leach and Patterson doubled. Michele Hester (5-1) got the win. Shelby Whitt had two hits for Houston.
Smithville 12, Vardaman 1
n The Lady Seminoles took all the drama out with a seven-run fifth inning. Smithville (6-1) outhit the Lady Rams 13-1 behind the arm of sophomore Kami Roberts (5-1). Lakin Wigginton, Roberts, Lynndon Northington, Jordan Northington and Tiffani Nantz had two hits each. Lynndon Northington and Kelsi Watson doubled and Nantz and Meagan Whitehead tripled. Kelsy Nelson took the loss.
March 5
Hatley 4, Hamilton 3
n A Division 1-2A win for Hatley, which has now split the regular season series with the Lady Lions. Hatley broke a 3-all tie in the bottom of the eighth. Kelsie Wilson had two of Hatley’s six hits, including a triple. Lauren Sloan also tripled and Courtney Fretwell had two hits. Shelby Savage, who took the loss, and Anna Imel combined for four of Hamilton’s seven hits.
March 3
Nettleton 11, Louisville 0
n The Lady Tigers (4-1) scored six second inning runs and Michele Hester improved to 4-1. Jesse Patterson had two of Nettleton’s six hits.
Tupelo 11, Amory 1
n Amory took a 1-0 lead in the first inning at Tupelo, but Tupelo rattled off the next 11 runs on 12 hits. Ashley Case had three of the Lady Wave’s 12 hits. Anna Wesley Riggs (3-0) got the win. Ashley Tribble took the loss.
Holmes 9, Northeast 1
n Aberdeen’s Shardae Ward had two of Northeast’s six hits in the loss, including a double.
Northeast 5, Holmes 4
n Ward had two hits, with a double, as the Lady Tigers improved to 2-6, 1-1 the the North Division. Holmes fell to 5-9, 1-1.
Amory golfers top Starkville
n Barrett Edens picked up his first medal of the season as Amory out-golfed Starkville 158-184 at River Birch Tuesday. Dane Christensen shot a 37, Will Thompson 39 and Mitchell Baxter 46. Ryan Lacey shot a 42 to lead the Yellowjackets.
Tupelo tops Amory
n Fletcher Johnson’s 37 was two better than Barrett Eden’s 39 and Johnson’s Tupelo golf team held off visiting Amory 165-176 last week.
Dane Christensen’s 40 was the third best on the day, two strokes better than Tupelo’s next finisher, Bo Reed at 42.
Amory rounded out with Will Thompson (48), Mitchell Baxter (49) and Drake Avery (57).


Brandon Speck

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