Ranger Softball Splits Non-Division Twinbill with Hinds
February 29, 2012By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SENATOBIA – Northwest split a pair of non-conference games on Tuesday afternoon with Hinds, with Emily Hatcher tossing a complete-game to pace the Rangers to a 4-1 win in the opener and a late rally falling short in a 7-5 loss to the Lady Eagles in the finale.
Northwest moved to 5-3-1 overall on the year and Hinds evened its record to 7-7.
Scoreless through the first 4 1/2 innings in game one, Northwest broke the game wide open with a four-run fifth. Vicki Johnson's leadoff double down the rightfield line started the rally, with Linsey Hebert, Lauren Riley and Codie Jones all following with RBI-hits.
Hatcher was clean through six, but was finally touched on the scoreboard in the seventh. Megan Eaves delivered a pinch-hit single and pinch-runner Sklya Meek came around to score Hinds' lone run off a wild pitch later in the inning.
Hatcher (1-1, 2.67 ERA) scattered eight hits, two strikeouts and just the one run (unearned) in picking up her first collegiate win for the Rangers.
Hinds jumped all over Northwest in game two, scoring two runs in the first off RBIs from Dominique Corona and Elizabeth Heigle, and extending the lead to 6-0 after 3 1/2 innings.
With a single run in the fourth and three more in the sixth, Northwest pulled within 6-4 heading into the final inning. Johnson's RBI-double again sparked the Ranger rally, with Anna Barham and Riley each adding RBIs. With the bases loaded and two down, Northwest had a chance to add more runs, but Jones grounded out to second base to strand three of the Rangers' 10 runners in the game.
The Lady Eagles took advantage of an error in the top of the seventh and pushed the lead out to 7-4.
Casey Baddley's double down the line led off the seventh for Northwest, and Amanda Bies' sac fly would pull the Rangers back within 7-5 – which is as close as they would get.
The teams combined for 21 hits in game two, with the top of the Hinds lineup doing the damage in going 8-for-11 with six runs scored and four RBIs. Johnson had two hits for Northwest.
The Rangers will open north division play on Saturday, traveling to Itawamba for a pair of games at 1 p.m.