BY WILL NATIONS
STARKVILLE â€” Following a week off due to inclement weather, Hebron Christian needed a push-start to get its campaign rolling again. That momentum went in the right direction against Starkville Academy.
Sophomore Brooke Griffin pitched a complete game in six frames, and the Lady Eagles (5-6; 0-1 District 3-A) kept their innings alive, scoring eight runs with two outs to defeat the Lady Volunteers, 17-4, in a MAIS fast-pitch softball game Monday at Starkville Academy in Starkville.
Hebronâ€™s win was the third triumph over Starkville and topped its win total from last season. Though the Lady Eagles lit up the scoreboard, Head Coach Cass Tapley felt the game was won through pitching.
â€śOur pitching got better since our last game,â€ť Tapley said. â€śAgainst Heritage, we had 12 walks and four hit batters. Last week, we worked on getting our pitching better. As long as we can keep the other team from scoring a lot of runs, we can push across runs to win. Today, we followed up one of our worst performances with one of our better ones.â€ť
Griffin kept the Lady Volunteer bats in check. The sophomore allowed four runs on four hits, issuing four walks in five scoreless innings.
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