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Lady Panthers blank Lawrence Co. in softball action

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Lawrence County's catcher Alexsundria Thomas (right) prevents Brookhaven's Katie Grace Culpepper (12) from scoring at home plate in Thursday softball action in Monticello.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Lawrence County’s catcher Alexsundria Thomas (right) prevents Brookhaven’s Katie Grace Culpepper (12) from scoring at home plate in Thursday softball action in Monticello.

MONTICELLO – The Brookhaven Lady Panthers managed to keep their undefeated season alive with a big 2-0 win over their archrivals, the Lawrence County Lady Cougars, Thursday afternoon in fastpitch softball action.

“This was a big win for us,” said BHS coach Mandy Vinson. “Katherine Shell pitched a outstanding game for us. The girls did a great job stepping up on offense and defense to get the win. Overall, I was very pleased with their efforts.

The Lady Panthers (5-0) are schedule to be in action today, if weather permits, as they host the Warren Central Lady Vikings. The contest is originally schedule to start at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity first, followed by the varsity game at 6:15, but the game times might change depending on of course the weather.

The Lady Cougars (4-1), coach by Meleah Howard, are schedule to be in action Saturday as they participate in Wesson’s softball tournament. Lawrence County will face Vicksburg at 2 p.m. and take on Florence at 4:15 p.m.

Brookhaven 2, Lawrence County 0 

The Lady Panthers and the Lady Cougars were very excited to finally get a game in on Thursday. Due to Mother Nature, Lawrence County has been out of action for about two weeks, but Brookhaven managed to get in two games last weekend in Vicksburg.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven's Katherine Shell collects the win for the Lady Panther over Lawrence County.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven’s Katherine Shell collects the win for the Lady Panther over Lawrence County.

In the first two innings of action, the Lady Panthers and the Lady Cougars provided an exciting defensive contest as the game remained scoreless until the third inning.

In the top of the third inning, the Lady Panthers managed to push across one run the plate to break up the scoreless contest and added another run in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 2-0.

The Lady Cougars threatened on several occasions throughout the contest to take over the game, but Ole Brook’s defense managed to make the plays they needed to secure the shutout.

“Our girls did a great job at the plate in executing bunts when we needed them,” added Vinson. “We still have a lot of things to work on to get better and we prepare for our next contest.”

Katherine Shell was the winning pitcher for the Lady Panthers with six strikeouts and three walks.

Elizabeth Smith suffered the setback for the Lady Cougars with four strikeouts and three walks.

Tia Bussey was the top hitter for Brookhaven with a double and a single. Hitting safely were Kat Wallace, Shaniya Jackson and Shell.

Jamie Martin paced the Lawrence County’s offense with a double. Maddux Kirkland hit a single.

We struggle to get things going today but offensively and defensively,” said LCHS coach Meleah Howard. “We have been off for about two weeks due to the weather and we showed a lot rust in our performance today. Overall, I was glad it happened today and not next week when we start our district run.”

 In junior varsity action, the Lawrence County Lady Cougars prevailed 6-5 over the Brookhaven Lady Panthers.

Josie Nations pitched the win for the Lady Cougars with eight strikeouts and three walks. Maddux Kirkland (1K, 5BB) also saw some action on the mound in relief.

Rileigh Allen absorbed the setback in the pitching circle for the Lady Panthers with two strikeouts and no walks.

Sydney Pevey directed LC’s offense with a double and a single. Cheyenne Long had a double. Abbey Turnage, Abbie Erringston, Alyssa Lambert and Nation hit safely.