Lady Choctaws fall in stalemate against Tipton-Rosemark

Lady Choctaws fall in stalemate against Tipton-Rosemark

Gabriel Jackson, Sports Editor

The Dyer County softball team held their senior night on Monday against Tipton-Rosemark. The two teams have met twice this season with each team claiming one win. It was a back-and-forth affair as the game was tied up at four apiece at the end of the fourth inning. The game had to go into extra innings as neither team could break away. The next five innings were scoreless, until Tipton-Rosemark finally ran in two runs in the top of the ninth to go up by two. The Lady Choctaws were unable to extend the game as they scored one in the bottom half of the inning to come up short 6-5 in Newbern.

The night opened up with the senior recognition. Head coach Shanna O’Bright said of her senior players, “They’re good kids, they’ve got a lot of fight in them. I don’t think they’re done yet. They are ready to roll.” O’Bright continued, “We just have to make a few adjustments and come up with a couple more defensive plays when it matters. I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of this week looks like when we finish out district play.”

Tipton-Rosemark led first when an RBI double from Ryleigh Bowers gave the Lady Rebels one run.

The Lady Choctaws retaliated in their first chance at bat. Katie Willis sent a home run just over the left fence to send Ava Ozment, Reagan Thompson, and herself back home. Dyer County held a 3-1 lead over the visiting Lady Rebels at the end of one frame.

The two teams traded runs in the second inning to keep the margin the same going into the third. Kayla Clement of Tipton-Rosemark helped the Lady Rebels score with a single RBI. However, a line-drive single from Ellie Edgin gave Kamryn McCoy an opportunity to run home. Dyer County still led by two with four runs at the end of the second inning.

Both defenses held the other scoreless in the third inning.

Tipton-Rosemark tied the game up in the top of the fourth inning with two runs to make it 4-4.

The Lady Choctaws had no answer as the game remained tied going into the top of the fifth.

Between the fifth and eighth innings no runs were scored on either side.

Tipton-Rosemark finally tipped the scales with two runs in the top of the ninth. Madeline Wilkerson gave up a run with an error in right field. The Lady Rebels scored one more run after that to go up 6-4.

The Lady Choctaws still had one more opportunity to tie or win the game.

Brittany Anderson singled on a line drive to right field as McCoy brought the game to within one run. The Lady Choctaws were able to load the bases with Anderson on third, Ozment on second, and Thompson on first with two outs. Willis looked to put Tipton-Rosemark away with a hit, but was struck out to conclude the night.

Dyer County bested Tipton-Rosemark with 12 hits, but gave up two costly errors to the Lady Rebels’ none. Willis led the Lady Choctaws with three RBIs. Ozment, Thompson, Willis, and Edgin each had two hits.

Ozment pitched four innings and had seven strikeouts while Anderson had seven in five innings.

The Lady Choctaws go on the road Tuesday to Alamo to face the Crockett County Lady Cavaliers. Game starts at 5:30 p.m.