By Melissa Meador
CORINTH – Amory slow-pitch softball coach Chris Pace likes the position his Lady Panthers are sitting in after the first two games of Division 1-4A play.
Amory rolled to a 13-4 win over defending 4A champion Corinth on Tuesday night to start off 2-0 before hosting its first division game at home on Thursday.
“We hit pretty well tonight. We haven’t played at the house yet, and you don’t want to get beat at your own home,” Pace said. “We’ve had a lot of girls step up and lead.”
The Lady Panthers (15-3, 2-0) put up three runs in the first inning. Bailey Boyd and Bailey Oswalt started off the game with back-to-back hits, and Aynslee Willis plated them with a triple.
Josie Booth’s sac fly made it 3-0, but Corinth (9-6, 0-1) capitalized on a pair of Amory errors to start the bottom of the first. Colby Cox and Allie Jacobs drove in runs with their RBI singles.
Amory added a run in the third after another triple from Willis and an RBI single from Booth and exploded for five runs in the fourth. Boyd and Booth each had a sac fly, while Oswalt and Savannah Nelson hit RBI singles. Willis added her third extra base hit, a run-scoring double to center.
“I think we had the momentum hitting, and that helped us play solid defense,” said Oswalt, a senior who had four of Amory’s 22 hits.
Corinth capitalized on a pair of leadoff triples. In the fourth, Mychaela Nixon tripled and scored on a groundout from Kianna Powell. Katie Vandiver led off the fifth with a triple and scored on Rebekah Williams’ ground ball to cut the lead to 9-4.
The Lady Panthers pulled away with a four-run sixth. After singles from Nelson and Oswalt, Willis was intentionally walked, and Booth made Corinth pay with a two-run singles. Erin Griffith and Carley Westbrook each added RBI singles.
“We didn’t play very well, and we played right into their hands. They found the holes that we gave up, and we didn’t find the holes they gave us,” Corinth coach Janna LaBarreare said. “We’re better than that, but we just didn’t show up tonight.”