Lady Vols earn No. 3 seed for state tourney

SENATOBIA – The Starkville Academy softball team dropped a pair of games Saturday at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA North tournament, and will head into next weekend's state tournament as the number three seed.
The Lady Volunteers (20-12) fell 3-1 to Pillow Academy to begin the day, and lost to host Magnolia Heights 7-2 in their second game.
"We were just really complacent today, on the offensive end especially," said SA head coach Jessica Dickens. "But we will work hard next week in practice, regroup, and be ready to make some noise and represent our school well at (the state tournament)."
Pillow became the North division champion, and will head into next weekend as the number one seed. Magnolia Heights earned the two seed and Madison-Ridgeland Academy took the number four seed.
In SA's first game Saturday, Pillow broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of sixth inning runs. The Lady Vols notched their only run of the game in the fifth inning when Bailey Wofford drove in Tori McClendon on a fielder's choice.
Mary Austin Barber, Julianne Jackson, and Lauren Ware all had hits in the game for SA.
Against Magnolia Heights, the Lady Vols fell victim to defensive miscues.
With the game knotted in a scoreless tie, Magnolia Heights pushed across a pair of fifth inning runs. An inning later, SA committed three errors in the same frame to help put Magnolia Heights up 7-0.
The Lady Vols answered with their two runs in the seventh.
Barber scored on a Megan Picard single, and Wofford was driven in on an RBI double from Megan Aucoin.
Shelby Marsh also added a hit in the contest for SA.
The Lady Vols will next play in the Class AAA State Tournament to be held at Freedom Ridge in Jackson on Saturday, October 2, and Monday, October 4.