By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Emilee Henderson may get a bill from Tupelo High School.
The Tishomingo County graduate dented an outfield sign and, according to her all-star coach, broke a pair of boards on the fence.
Henderson hit three home runs in Game 1 and led the East to a pair of five-inning slowpitch wins in the 6th annual Northeast Mississippi Softball Coaches Association All-Star Games.
The East won Game 1 19-6 and Game 2 9-7. Henderson was 7 for 7 with eight RBI in the two games.
“That’s why I walked her 15 times this year,” Kossuth and East coach Steve Lyles said. “I pitched to her one time in fastpitch and she hit one about 400 feet.”
In the nine-inning fastpitch finale, the West got one back with a 10-4 win. New Albany’s Amber Mirfield had a two-run double and Pontotoc’s Brianna Farr had a two-run triple.
“That’s my game. I just enjoy playing the game and having fun with it,” said Henderson, an Itawamba CC signee and Daily Journal slowpitch player of the year.
Henderson, the East MVP after two shortened games, hit a 3-run shot in the first inning of Game 1, then two to dead center off Houston’s Haley Gravat. The last two came off outside pitches she wasn’t meant to hit.
“She put on an absolute show,” Lyles said. “Made my trip worth it to see her hit it like that.”
During the season, she hit 11 during slowpitch and four in fastpitch. In the fastpitch game Thursday, she was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
“I just try not to listen to anything behind me, keep my mid clear and focus on one pitch,” Henderson said.
Kossuth’s Dana Glissen homered in Game 1 and in Game 2 was 3 for 3 with four RBI.
Amory’s Paige Earnest was 4 for 6 with an RBI in the two games for the West before leaving in the seventh inning of the fastptich game with a deep gash from a collision at third.