By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Hitting .385 as a team entering Tuesday’s game, the Tishomingo County High School softball team would show New Albany just how good it really is.
The Lady Braves cranked out 14 hits en route to a 16-1 mercy-rule win in six innings over the Lady Bulldogs at the New Albany Sportsplex.
With the big victory, they improved to 18-5 overall, 5-1 in Division 1-4A.
“All the way up and down their lineup, they did a good job of putting the ball in play,” said New Albany coach Michael Kelly, who saw his team fall to 10-15 overall and 2-6 in Division 1-4A. “Even when they get down towards the bottom of it (the order), they still are hitting missiles.”
He’s most certainly right.
Tishomingo County leadoff hitter Shelby Bonds went 2 for 4 with two doubles, a walk and three runs scored, while No. 2-hitter Emilee Henderson went 3 for 4 with a double, a walk, four RBIs and three runs scored.
Hitting ninth in the Lady Braves lineup, Tabi Talley recorded two hits and scored three runs off of New Albany starting pitcher Brooke Sides.
Tishomingo County sent nine hitters to the plate in its four-run second inning and 12 hitters to the dish in its six-run sixth inning.
“We just try to put the ball in play and move runners around,” said Lady Braves coach Malcolm Brown. “We’ve been successful some games and some games we just kind of poke it sometimes.
“We hit the ball really well today. I was proud of us.”
On the mound, Tishomingo County received a solid outing from Dannah Glover (5-1). The sophomore went the distance, striking out four, walking one and scattering seven hits.
She was struck for one run in the bottom of the first on a two-out single by Mallory Beaty that scored Sides to tie the game at 1-1. But that would be it for New Albany.
Even when she surrendered doubles to Ellen Tarrant and Mallory Beaty in the third and fifth innings, respectively, Glover escaped without allowing a run.
The only bad thing for the Lady Braves on Tuesday was Bailey Bullock having to leave the game after a collision at home plate with New Albany catcher Shannon Goode in the top of the sixth.
“She’s going to be OK,” Brown said. “I think she just hyperextended her knee, and we’ll have an X-ray to see.”