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Northwest Softball Splits Saturday Doubleheader with Holmes

March 25, 2012
By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE



SENATOBIA – Welcoming in Holmes on Saturday for the start of a season-long 12-game homestand, Northwest got another fantastic pitching performance from Casey Baddley in a 2-0 game one win before dropping a 2-1 decision in the finale. Game 1 Box / Game 2 Box

Northwest moved to 15-7-1 overall and 6-4 in the north while Holmes moved to 7-21 and 5-3.

In a pitcher's duel in game one between Baddley and Kelsey Marter, Northwest broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with a two-run frame.

Natalie Smock led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored two batters later on Codie Jones' RBI-triple for the eventual game-winning run. Jones would later score on a double steal attempt, taking home plate after a throwing error from Lauren Tharp.

Baddley tossed a four-hit shutout, striking out seven against one walk to improve to 9-1 on the year. 

In the finale, Holmes wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, plating two runs in its opening at-bat. Frankie Maxwell led off the inning with a a single and scored two batters later on Kaitlyn Doles' RBI-double to left. Faith McCorkle's RBI-single then stretched the lead to 2-0. 

Shutout through the first four innings, Northwest cut the deficit in half in the fifth thanks to Smock's sac fly that scored Hillari Plummer after a leadoff single. Still threatening, the Rangers had the bases loaded with two outs after Jones' infield single, but Vicki Johnson overran the bag at second and was caught for the final out that stranded two of eight baserunners in the game.

Marter would then retire the final six Rangers in order to preserve the 2-1 game two win.

Stormy Robison came on in the second inning and tossed five innings of three-hit ball, striking out three to lower her ERA to a team-best 0.66 in 21.1 innings of work. Emily Hatcher (5-4) took the loss after giving up two runs in the first off four hits.

Northwest out-hit Holmes 8-7 in the loss, led by Lauren Riley's 3-for-4 effort. Doles led Holmes with a 2-for-3 day, while five other Lady Bulldogs registered a hit.

Northwest will continue a 12-game homestand on March 27, welcoming East Mississippi (10-17, 4-6) for a 2 p.m. first pitch from Senatobia. Live stats (follow here) and live video (watch here) will be available.


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