Thirteen enough for slowpitch stars

TUPELO – Despite it being an all-star event, Thursday’s Northeast Mississippi Softball Coaches Association’s All-Star games were unusual to say the least.
The West won the slow-pitch contest 8-7 in 13 innings, as the West All-Stars pushed across the winning run thanks to international rules.
Pontotoc’s Kaleigh Tackitt started the inning on second base as both teams agreed to use international rules in the 13th inning in hopes of ending the stalemate. She scored the go-ahead run on an error.
“We’ve been here so long and we were running late,” said West slow-pitch coach Shane Montgomery, who was also named the NEMSCA Fast-Pitch Coach of the Year for this season. “It was just something to speed up the game.
“There wasn’t anybody hitting.”
In the fast-pitch all-star game, the East brought out the bats, pounding out 11 hits to win going away, 17-3.
The East scored seven runs in the top of the ninth to finish things off.
In both games, Tishomingo County had a tremendous showing. The slow-pitch East defensive and offensive players of the game awards went to Lady Braves players Jessica Kramer and Bailey Bullock, respectively.
The MVP of the fast-pitch game went to Tishomingo County’s Erin Williams, who got the win on the mound and had two hits at the plate.
The MVP of the slow-pitch game was Shanda Melton of North Pontotoc. Hannah Wilson of Houston was the defensive player of the game for the West slow-pitch team and Amy McCullough of East Union took home the West’s slow-pitch offensive player of the game honors.
Nettleton’s Heather Noe was the 2009 NEMSCA slow-pitch player of the year and her coach, Dana Rhea was the slow-pitch coach of the year.
Another Nettleton player, Heather Noe, received the East fast-pitch team’s defensive player of the game honors.
Pontotoc’s Brooke Denton, who suffered the loss in the fast-pitch game, was named the West’s defensive MVP.
Raleigh Downs of Booneville had three hits for the East fast-pitch all-stars and she was named the East’s offensive player of the game.
Candiace McIntosh, the NEMSCA fast-pitch player of the year, was recognized as the West fast-pitch squad’s offensive player of the game.

John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal