Sisters' big hits help lift Troopers

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Miah Edmonds was looking to make contact when she came to the plate with two out and two on in the seventh inning.
Mooreville’s junior shortstop delivered when she ripped a screaming single just off the outstretched glove of Tupelo third baseman Kaylen Webb to propel the Lady Troopers to a 4-1 victory Monday in high school slow-pitch softball.
“I just wanted to drive the ball and help my team,” Edmonds said. “We hadn’t hit the ball the best. We had a rough game.”
Edmonds’ single scored one run and broke a 1-1 tie. Her sister, Meagan, added a two-run single to center field to plate Mooreville’s final two runs.
The Lady Troopers (10-1) collected five of their 11 hits in the seventh inning.
“Tupelo’s got a good team,” Mooreville coach Perry Wilburn said. “We got a break toward the end and it was the difference in the game.”
Miah Edmonds singled to led off the game and scored on a sacrifice fly by Katelyn Keith to give Mooreville a 1-0 lead in the first.
The Lady Troopers couldn’t find another hole in the Lady Wave defense until the seventh. Wilburn credited Tupelo pitcher Reagan Aldridge with keeping the Mooreville bats quiet.
“I don’t know if our timing was off or what,” he said. “Credit Tupelo’s pitcher. She’s got a lot of arch on the ball. It keeps you off-balance. She did a good job, but we found a way toward the end.”
Miah Edmonds led the Troopers with three hits, including a double in the third. Kelsie Minga added a pair of singles.
Lady Wave responds
Tupelo (6-3) responded in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from sophomore shortstop Rachel Rooney. She plated Mollie Tidwell, who had reached base on a fielding error.
Rooney paced Tupelo with two singles.
“The game could have gone either way,” Tupelo first-year head coach William Stafford said. “(Mooreville) hit the ball when it counted. We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t capitalize.
“We didn’t do the things we needed to do offensively to win the game.”
Tupelo returns to action today, hosting Grenada in division play while Mooreville plays a non-division game against New Hope.
gene.phelps@journalinc.com