Local all-stars shine in fastpitch finale

By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal

ELLISVILLE – Hatley’s Lesley Hudson may have seen her final time in the circle, and Nettleton’s Makenzie Hawkins began her time at Jones County Junior College with a home run in the Mississippi Association of Coaches Fastpitch All-Star Senior Games.
Hudson closed out the first game for the North 1A/2A/3A senior all-stars to grab the 15-13 win at Community Bank Park at Jones in extra innings, giving up three runs and striking out two in her three innings of work.
“It felt real today,” Hudson, who recently made the decision not to play in college, said. “I almost wanted to cry. It felt like state championships all over again.”
Hudson also collected four hits in Game 1, including an RBI double in the third to give the North a 7-6 lead.
Hawkins, who recently signed to play for Jones next season, padded the lead with her two-run home run to right center in the fourth. She was awarded the North’s Most Valuable Player.
“It felt good to get that out of the way,” Hawkins said of hitting her first home run in her future college field. “I went out there and had fun.”
Nettleton’s Korie Beth Leach had two hits of her own, including an RBI double to the left field wall in the sixth. Calhoun City’s Taylor Seiler, a recent ICC signee, also had two hits in Game 1.
Hudson was saddled with the loss in Game 2, pitching the first three innings and giving up two runs.
Raleigh’s Lauren Little went 3 for 3 knocked in four runs and was named South MVP. Her Raleigh teammate Dana Arender grabbed the win for the South, pitching all seven innings and giving up four North hits.
Hatley’s Deanna Wright was the only North All-Star with multiple hits in the second game.
Big schools split
The North and South also split the 4A/5A/6A senior games with Saltillo’s Hallie Frenn getting the 6-3 win for the North in Game 1.
Lake Cormorant’s Alex Barrett knocked in two runs with her RBI single in the second, and Senatobia’s Lindsey Shaw pitched three innings, giving up one run.
The South all-stars evened up the 4A/5A/6A games with a 7-4 win in Game 2.