Next challenge for Amory: 4A champs

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

AMORY – Amory doesn’t have a senior, but youth isn’t slowing these Lady Panthers.
Amory finished a sweep of Yazoo County Monday with a 15-0 win in four innings of Game 2 in its MHSAA Class 4A fastpitch playoff series opener.
Josie Booth sent an inside-the-park grand slam down the right field line to end the game.
“We’ve got potential to be an offensive team,,” Amory coach Amir Hunt said. “Defensively we’re going to be fine. Offensively we’ve got an opportunity from top to bottom to make a statement.”
The Lady Panthers (20-6) advance to host defending state champion Houston at 6 p.m. Friday for Game 1 of that three-game series.
Amory sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning and took a 9-0 lead.
Bailey Oswalt doubled to open the inning and scored when Bailey Boyd reached on an error. Carley Westbrook’s triple plated two more and Amory took a 4-0 lead on Erin Griffith’s RBI single.
After Griffith scored, Madeline Dean plated two on an inside-the-park home run for a 7-0 lead. Boyd’s triple plated two more.
The Lady Panthers started three juniors and four freshmen.
“We’ve got 19 girls and I have faith in every one of them, if their name is called, they’re going to be able to step up,” Hunt said.
Mistakes add up
Amory added single runs in the second and third and walked off in the fourth. Yazoo County (13-14) had six errors. Amory played error-free. Booth picked up the win, allowing three hits, as she improved to 19-6.
Griffith, a freshman, had three of Amory’s 13 hits. Freshman Westbrook was 2 for 3 with three RBIs.
“You can’t mistakes against a good team, because they will capitalize,” Yazoo County coach Grant Andrews said. “Basically after the (first inning) it was over with.”
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