Northeast Mississippi Community College softball team stepped out of North Division play on Tuesday, March 29 and despite a stellar pitching performance from Jaisa Fox and Erin Dixson found itself on the short end of a doubleheader against Calhoun Community College.
Northeast (18-12) saw Calhoun rally late in the opener for a 5-4 nine-inning decision before the Lady Warhawks took the sweep with a 5-2 win in the nightcap.
In the opener, Fox and Dixson held the Lady Warhawks hitless through the first six innings but with one out in the seventh, Calhoun picked up its only hit up the game – a single by Brittany Brown – that set the visitors up for the tying run.
Brown’s knock chased home courtesy runner Lauren Bivens and a passed ball with two outs and a 1-2 count on Rachel Norton allowed the tying run to cross.
In the eight, North looked to end it when AndreaCutts sacrificed Haley Knepp to third one pitch into the inning but back-to-back fly outs thwarted the Lady Tigers’ efforts.
Calhoun was able to scratch across a run in the ninth with two away after winning pitcher Kelsey Gilbert tagged from third and scored on a Stephanie Swanson sacrifice fly to center.
Earlier in the contest, Northeast’s Nicki Whitten brought the Lady Tigers back from a 2-0 deficit with one swing when the Lady Tiger captain connected on a 1-1 offering that scored two and tied the game at 2-all with one down in the fourth.
Northeast captured a 4-2 advantage just an inning later when back-to-back hits by Knepp and Cutts chased home runs.
Knepp’s single to left allowed courtesy runner Claire Wilkerson to score for a 3-2 lead and Cutts followed with a double to left that plated Knepp.
In the nightcap, Northeast bounced out to a 2-1 lead thanks to a ball off the bat of Jazmin Smith that scored courtesy runner Madeline Hickman but Calhoun responded with a run in the third to tie the game and three runs over its final three at bats for the 5-2 decision.
Northeast had a chance to tie the game in the sixth but the Lady Tigers couldn’t scratch a run across after loading the bases with one out in the frame.
A drawn-in infield thwarted Northeast’s first attempt at a run when the Lady Warhawks chose to get the out at the plate. Northeast saw the inning come to a close when the Lady Tigers were caught trying to steal home on a 3-1 count.
Northeast will look to get back on track on Thursday, March 29 as the Lady Tigers host Coahoma Community College to start their second trek through the North Division. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.