By Bryan Davis
Ever since falling in back-to-back games to Oak Hill two weeks ago, the Hebron Christian Diamond Eagles have been on a tear.
They are winners of four consecutive ball games, including three this past weekend at the Starkville Exposure Tournament.
Before those games, the Lady Eagles played Winona, at home, last Thursday evening, and they blasted them 13-0.
“I do think with it being a conference game our girls were more focused and having fun from the start,” said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley. “That sense of urgency I always talk about from the Seniors kicked in.”
Hebron wasted not time in jumping out on top of Winona, plating five runs in the bottom of the first inning, with runs being scored by Chloe Tapley, Cathryn Moore, Magen Tapley, Alaina Hill and Jessica Flemming.
In the second inning, the Lady Eagles would grab another run, thanks to an RBI by Beverley Blake. The fun started again in the third, as the Hebron batters put up three more, thanks to Magen Tapley, Flemming and Tori Nichols. This made the score 9-0.
Hill would add a three-run inside the park home run in the inning to make 12-0.
Chloe Tapley , who has pitched well of late, was on the mound for Hebron. She allowed no hits in the game, striking out 10 batters.
“Chloe did well and got a chance to try out a couple of new pitches she has been working on,” Tapley said. “She will get better as the temperature starts to get to a more tolerable level over the next few weeks.”
The Lady Eagle Junior Varsity team defeated Winona 7-2 as well.
“I have started to challenge our JV girls to start getting ready to step up next year,” Tapley said. “These younger girls are starting to come into their own.”
This past weekend saw more success for the Lady Eagles, as they downed Calhoun County 15-0, Marshall Academy 6-3 and Sharkey-Issaquena 11-0.
In the Calhoun game, Hebron jumped on the board in the second inning with a couple of runs, but the team really broke out in the third.
The nine-run inning was capped by a smashed by Tori Nichols that flew over the center field fence for a grand slam.
A four-run fourth finished Calhoun off, as the mercy rule went into place.
Hebron was led by Hillary Arnold, who had three runs scored. Chloe Tapley was 2-for-3, with a triple, two runs and two RBI. Nichols finished the game with a double and the grand slam, completing at five RBI day. Magen Tapley had a run and an RBI, Flemming had a run and Hill had two runs scored. Dakota Hillhouse also crossed the plate once.
Chloe Tapley pitched again, striking out seven in the shortened game.
The next victim on the slate for Hebron was Marshall Academy. There was no need for a mercy rule, but Hebron did get the win behind a combined effort from Chloe Tapley and Flemming on the mound.
Two runs in the second put the Lady Eagles out in front early. They tacked on one in the fourth and three in the fifth.
“Just like our regular season game with them a couple weeks ago the bottom half of our lineup did all the damage,” said Tapley.
Nichols had another two hit game, and Hillhouse added a pair as well. Blake was 2-for-3, with a double.
Arnold, Tapley and Moore all had a hit.
The Lady Confederates of Sharkey-Issaquena were the last group to have to play Hebron. It did not go well for them either.
“I suspected we would come out strong in the late evening game as the temperatures cooled and we did, putting up eight runs in the bottom of the first on seven hits,” Tapley said.
Hebron got three more runs in the fourth. The game ended in the fifth on the mercy rule.
Moore led the team with three hits, including a double and an RBI. Magen Tapley had two hits.
Prysilla Skelton had a hit, and Brittany Ousley got into the fray with a run scored.
Victoria Ferguson, Madison Thompson, Hannah Loper and Binn Latham saw action in the tourney finale as well.
Chloe Tapley was on the hill for Hebron, striking out four batters in four innings pitched.
The Lady Eagles will play tonight at Starkville Academy, starting at 4:30.