Area teams play in West Union classic preseason tournament

West Union’s Gracen Conlee retires a sliding Ashton Hogue of Myrtle at second.

West Union’s Gracen Conlee retires a sliding Ashton Hogue of Myrtle at second.

ENTERPRISE – West Union hosted their preseason tournament with fellow Union County teams Ingomar and Myrtle participating in the six-game event along with Falkner, Oxford and Hickory Flat. Each team played two games with a one hour time limit or seven innings. 

Ingomar 16, Oxford 5

Ingomar turned a one-run deficit after one inning into a 16-5 win. Ingomar sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning to regain the lead at 9-5. Kelly Fooshee’s double drove in two of the Ingomar runs.

Ingomar scored seven runs in the top of the third to seal the win. Morgan Gooch’s single drove in three runs in the inning. Carson Grisham was the winning pitcher for the Lady Falcons.

Falkner 5, Ingomar 4 

Ingomar jumped out to the early 3-0 lead after an inning, but Falkner broke a 4-4 tie with a run 

in the top of the fourth to take the win. Ingomar stranded two runners in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Lauren Thompson had three RBIs for Ingomar and Kasey Carson drove in the other Ingomar run. Gara Beth Self, Maggie Smithey and Erin Wall had multiple hits for the Lady Falcons.

West Union 18, Hickory Flat 1

West Union introduced a new era in softball as Hugh Yates began his high school coaching career against Hickory Flat. The Lady Rebels struck for a run in the top of the first. West Union scored 18 unanswered runs to earn the win. 

Chase Coffey had five RBIs on two hits to pace the Lady Eagles. West Union got production from three young players as Jenny Thompson, Hailey Steen and Mattie Pilcher had two hits apiece.

Myrtle 15, Hickory Flat 0

Kristen Young made her first appearance as Myrtle’s pitcher and tossed the shutout. Young also helped her own cause going 3-3 with 2 RBIs. 

Myrtle scored eight runs in the first as they sent 13 batters to the plate and eight different players picked up RBIs.

Myrtle plated seven runs in the second as Megan Lowery and Amber Cook had two RBI singles to lead the Lady Hawks.

“We spent three weeks working hard and I think it paid off today,” Myrtle coach Marty Cook said. “We scored 15 runs and hit the ball really hard..”

“I was very impressed with our defense, Kristen Young, my ninth grader came in and pitched, never had pitched a game in her life and I was very proud of her,” Cook said. “She did a great job.”

Myrtle 2, West Union 2

Myrtle and West Union battled to a 2-2 draw in seven innings of softball action as defense was steady and hits were hard to come by.

Myrtle scored first as Callie Denton drove in a run with her sacrifice fly in the top of the first.

West Union tied the game in the bottom of the inning as Jesslyn Brewer doubled and later scored on Marley Long’s single.

West Union took a 2-1 lead in the second as Jenny Thompson singled and took second on a fielding error. Chase Coffey’s sacrifice fly moved Thompson to third and she scored on Hailey Steen’s single.

Myrtle tied the game in the fifth when Heather Smith singled and drove in a run.

“I think our youth showed especially in our at-bats by not being selective on pitches and not using the field,” West Union coach Hugh Yates said. “We’ve got to work on moving the ball and using the whole field.”

“Defensively, I couldn’t ask for us to play any better, we looked great on that,” Yates said. “We’ve got some work to do and we’ve got to be the hardest working team in Union County, in north Mississippi and the entire state.”

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.

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