Staying alive

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 15, 2014

CLARKDALE — Poplarville opens Region 8-4A play Monday night on the road against Forrest County AHS.

The Lady Hornets prepared for their league opener in familiar territory over the past two days.

Poplarville won one game and lost its first game of the season in the annual Clarkdale Classic. The Lady Hornets destroyed Greenville-Weston 23-2 Thursday night, before falling to Taylorsville 5-0 Friday afternoon. Poplarville also tied with Enterprise 3-3 in a game that was called due to a time limit.

“We’ve been coming here for about the last 12 years or so,” veteran Lady Hornets head coach Jonathan Ray said. “There’s always real good competition, and we hope that playing these type of teams will help us down the road.”

The annual event usually consists of anywhere between 20 and 30 teams competing over a two day span.

Poplarville stands 5-1-1 on the season entering district play.

In the win over Weston, Camryn Pierce picked up the win. Pierce, Shelby Wheat and Kaley Lambert each collected triples for the Lady Hornets in the winning 19 hit attack.

Pierce, Devin Cazeaux, and Bailey Carpenter each had three hits, while Cazeaux scored four runs. Cazeaux, Carpenter, Lambert and Wheat each had a double as well. Lambert and Kristina Pertuit drove in three runs apiece for the Lady Hornets, while Ondrea Ladner, Caylen Beall, Wheat, Carpenter and Cazeaux each drove in a pair of runs as well.

In the loss to Taylorsville, Branda Northrop took the decision on the hill. Northrop also had a double at the plate. Maryah Davis had a pair of hits as well.

Davis also had two hits against Enterprise, while Northrop had a two run single.

Earlier in the week, Poplarville picked up a 2-1 win over Long Beach.

Branda Northrop had three hits a drove in a run to pace Poplarville at the plate, while Maryah Davis had a hit and scored two runs. Madison Nodturft also drove in a run in the winning effort.

Northrop also picked up the win on the Mound.