North Pike slides past Brookhaven

Published 10:20 pm Saturday, September 5, 2015

SUMMIT – The Brookhaven Lady Panthers suffered their second loss of the season falling to the North Pike Lady Jaguars 4-3 Thursday night at the North Pike’s softball field.

With the game tied at 3-all in the top of the seventh inning, the Lady Panthers came out and threatened to capture the lead as they put runners on base, but struggled to push a run across the plate at their last bat.

With runners on the bases and with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, North Pike was able to score the winning run with a single up the middle.

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The Lady Panthers scored three runs on five hits during the game, while the Lady Jaguars scored four runs on nine hits to win the game.

“We didn’t play to our full potential tonight. North Pike hit the ball well, but we have to hit to compete with them,” said BHS coach Mandy Vinson. “We will have to practice harder to get better.”

North Pike 4, Brookhaven 3 

Katherine Shell started the Lady Panthers off on a high note with a solo homerun in the first inning. Brookhaven also received hits from Madison Thompson, who had two singles. Hitting safely were Tia Bussey and Cheyenne Motley.

Brookhaven scored one run in the first inning, with the home run, and scored two runs in the third inning on RBIs by Shell, Motley and Rileigh Allen.

Allen suffered the setback on the mound for Ole Brook with no strikeouts and one walk.

The Lady Jaguars scored a run in the first, fourth and sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3 before winning the contest in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Linley Smith powered the Lady Jaguars at the plate with three singles. Jami Spear contributed two singles. Hitting safely were Janiah Talbert, Baylee Bryant, Skye James and Mary Kate Bates.

The Lady Panthers will return to action Tuesday as they face Wingfield High School for an important district game at the VA Fields in Jackson.