Williams’ slam highlights rout

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

AMORY – Corinth rebounded from Monday’s disappointing one-run loss to Mooreville in a big way on Tuesday.
The Lady Warriors, behind an 11-strikeout performance by pitcher Stennett Smith and a grand slam home run from Rebekah Williams, defeated Amory in 16-4 to remain unbeaten in Division 1-4A.
“I think our better days are still to come, but we’re excited to be 4-0 in a tough division,” Corinth coach Janna LaBarreare said.
Corinth (9-3, 4-0) dropped a 6-5 decision to Mooreville in a Monday non-division game.
Amory (11-4, 2-1) reached Smith for 10 hits, but went down swinging – three up, three down – in second and sixth innings.
“I’m just glad we won,” said Smith, a senior righthander. “Everybody was hitting tonight. It makes it easier when you have a 10-run cushion.”
The Lady Warriors’ bats produced 13 hits, including Williams’ bomb in the third inning.
“I knew (Williams) was about to break through; I could see it in her eyes,” LaBarreare said. “That home run was a huge momentum builder.”
Amory committed two errors in the third before Williams’ homer.
“Good teams like Corinth take advantages of mistakes,” Lady Panthers coach Amir Hunt said.
Corinth escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first when Smith struck out the four and five batters and got a 1-3 ground out to end the inning.
The Lady Warriors made it 1-0 in the top of the second on an RBI double from Katie Vandiver.
Williams, Corinth’s No. 8 hitter, belted a grand slam to highlight the Warriors’ six-run third.
Portia Patterson added an RBI single that helped make the score 7-0.
The Warriors made it 9-0 in the fourth when they scored on two runs – one on a single by Bailee Krammer and one during a rundown.
Amory scored two in the fifth to cut Corinth’s lead to 9-2 on consecutive singles by Bailey Oswalt, Bailey Boyd and Shelby Thornton.
Krammer had a two-run single and Colby Cox a two-run triple in Corinth’s five-run seventh.
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