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Choctaw Central strikes offensively to beat SHS

March 30, 2012

Starkville's Courtney Hollis puts bat on the softball during Thursday's game against Choctaw Central. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

Lightning wasn't the only the thing to strike during Starkville High School's softball game with Choctaw Central.

The Warriors brought their bats and showed them off in the latter part of the game.

Starkville fell to Choctaw Central 13-2 in six innings Thursday night at the Starkville softball field.

The Warriors scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined.
Senior Shelby Knox got the start in the circle for the Lady Yellowjackets. She gave up four runs in the top of the first, but rebounded and kept the Warriors' bats silence in the next three innings.
She only gave up one run in that span.

"She is our only senior," SHS head coach Wendy Jolly said. "She always comes out and puts in a solid performance. She did (Thursday night). They hit the ball. They were getting around us. She did a great job."

The game was delayed by lightning in the top of the fourth and both teams had to wait 30 minutes before they could get back on the field.

It didn't seem to affect the Jackets as they put up a run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Shanele Johnson led off the inning with a single, but only three more batters came to the plate. Johnson stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. She eventually scored on a passed ball.

The Lady Jackets only collected three hits, with two of those belonging to Johnson.

"We didn't hit the ball well," Jolly said. "We started hitting more toward the end. That is something we have been working a lot on and it is coming around. It's just taking some time, but it's going to get better."

The Yellowjackets tried to extend the game in the bottom of the sixth, but only managed to get one run across.

Courtney Hollis reached on an error to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a passed ball.

After two quick outs, SHS managed to load the bases, but a strikeout ended the game.

The Yellowjackets were in it until the fifth inning. On how her team rebounds from a game they were in until the late innings is something Jolly looks at with a positive approach.

"You just have to look for the positive things and there was definitely some positive points in what we saw tonight from our girls," Jolly said. "They've worked hard from the beginning of the season and they continue to work hard. They continue to improve and we just have to come out (today) and fix the mistakes we had (Thursday night) and keep fighting."

SHS is back in action today when they travel to West Lowndes. Varsity is scheduled for 5 p.m. with junior varsity to follow.

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