By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – With playoff chances on the line, Amory and Tishomingo County were both in need of a dominating division win.
Dannah Glover’s arm and Emilee Henderson’s home run secured one, a 10-0 victory, for Tishomingo County and lifted their playoff chances.
Amory’s season came to an end with the Lady Panthers fighing back from a 0-3 division start to finish 5-5.
“This win feels great,” Tishomingo County coach Malcolm Brown said. “We played so bad yesterday. Pontotoc beat us 9-1, and I think we had just one hit in six innings. We came out tonight and hit the ball really well.”
Both teams remained scoreless until the top of the fourth with Lady Panthers starter Josie Booth (12-14) and Glover both giving up just two hits.
Glover got it started for the Lady Braves in the fourth with a leadoff single and rounding the bases on Booth’s throwing error. Erica Young knocked in two runs with her single, and Macy Lambert, who reached on another Amory error, stole home.
Booth retired the side in the fifth, but Tishomingo County rounded out the scoring in their half of the sixth.
Young and Lambert led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and both came home to score on center fielder Breeze Knupp’s double. Henderson’s three-run shot to right field knocked in Knupp and Kayleigh Tucker and gave the Lady Braves their 10-0 lead.
“You have to tip your hat to Tishomingo,” Amory head coach Amir Hunt said. “They came out and they hit the ball, top to bottom of the lineup. There’s nothing you can do about a team that hits the ball the best.”
Tishomingo County could improve their seeding with a win today over Shannon, which currently sits winless in division play, or a Pontotoc loss to Itawamba.
“We’ve got two more games going on tomorrow,” Brown said. “Anything can happen. We just have to go out there and take care of our business.”