By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Corinth High didn’t play poorly on Saturday. The Lady Warriors just ran into a team that was nearly flawless.
Newton County capped off a perfect season – 35-0 – with a two-game sweep of the Lady Warriors in Saturday’s Class 4A slow-pitch softball state championship series at V.A. Fields.
The Lady Cougars won their second consecutive title by blanking the Lady Warriors in Game 1, 7-0, before winning Game 2, 8-7.
“I’m not sure of the last time they have been beaten,” said Lady Warriors coach Janna LaBarreare, whose club lost to the Lady Cougars during the regular season. “But we knew we were coming up against a really tough team.
“But, you know, we’ve got a good team and we had opportunities.”
The Lady Warriors (26-9) did an impressive job holding a potent lineup – one “that had been scoring 15, 16, 20-something runs a game,” says LaBarreare – to 15 runs.
“We had a good day of pitching,” added the Lady Warriors coach. “I think Elizabeth (Williams) did a great job of containing them. They didn’t hit nearly like I know they are capable of hitting.”
Jessica Parker went 5 for 7 in the series, with two triples and three RBIs, to lead the Lady Cougars.
Lady Warriors leadoff hitter Jamia Kirk had a stellar series, going 6 for 8 with three runs scored, and Stennett Smith knocked in three runs in the second game.
Haley Christian delivered a clutch two-run double to tie Game 2 at 7-all in the top of the fifth. Before that, Portia Patterson (3 for 4 with a double in Game 2) scored on Bailee Kramer’s groundout.
“We just didn’t get the hits that we needed,” LaBarreare said. “They’ve (Newton County) been here and I guess they got the mental edge.”