Corinth Lady Warriors reach finals in their first 4A season

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Janna LaBarreare’s current group has played together for years.
In their first year playing in MHSAA’s Class 4A, those same Corinth High players will take to the V.A. fields in Jackson to play for the state championship.
LaBarreare’s Lady Warriors swept Tishomingo County, 4-0 and 8-5, in Tuesday’s semifinals to advance to Saturday’s championship series where they’ll face the winner of the Northeast Lauderdale-Newton County series.
“I’m just excited for this team,” said LaBarreare, whose club finished second to the Lady Braves in Division 1-4A during the regular season. “This group has played together for years.
“We’ve always been the young team that slipped up on people. And then this year, we knew what everybody expected out of us.”
Leadoff hitter Jamia Kirk went 4 for 6 in the series with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Bailee Kramer, batting in the fifth spot, had five hits and two RBIs in seven at-bats.
Following Kramer in the lineup, Haley Christian compiled four hits, one RBI and one run scored.
Big Solo shots
Perhaps no hits were bigger in the series than Erin Frazier’s solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings of Game 2. With two outs in the top of the fifth, Frazier homered to left on a 1-0 count to tie the game at 4-apiece.
Frazier then added an insurance run with a blast to left center to lead off the seventh.
“Maybe it’s just destined that they win it,” said Lady Braves coach Jerry Long, whose club defeated Corinth twice in the regular season. “We win the division; they win the North half. I give Corinth all the credit tonight.”
Serah McNatt had three hits, including a double, scored two runs and drove in one to lead the Lady Braves in the second game. Kayleigh Tucker was 3 for 5 in the series, with an RBI and a run scored in Game 2.
Dannah Glover also had a productive second game, driving in three, with two RBIs coming on her first-inning double.
But Long said it wasn’t a lack of hitting that did his team in; rather, it was his team’s gloves and arms (five errors in the two games).
“I thought it was the defense. I thought they played better defense than us, especially in critical situations,” said the Lady Braves coach, whose team went winless in division play last year. “They made the plays, we didn’t.”
john.wilbert@journalinc.com