No one said it would be easy to replace three dominant pitchers from the past two years, but the Lady Toppers haven’t shied away from the challenge.
“We have to dig deep and play hard and this team has done that all year long,” said coach Jeffery Mann.
Three-year starter, Haley Gravat, graduated in 2012 and the tag-team of Avery Springer and Audi Dendy left at graduation this year, but sophomore Madeline Burdine and senior Taylor Lancaster have stepped up to the mound and led the Lady Toppers to two district wins last week.
The Houston girls drummed Caledonia 11-2 on March 25 and blasted Leake Central 14-1 on March 27 with Burdine getting the nod for both games.
In the Caledonia game Burdine went 2-3 at the plate with a double, triple and RBI while Lancaster had a three RBI homer. Talaja Echoles and Alexis McShan added two RBI each and Mary Kansas Sullivan had one RBI.
In the Leake game both Scarlett Doss and Echoles went 2-3 with an RBI, Lancaster had three RBI and Quaneshia Pratt had four RBI.
“We played well against Caledonia and Leake,” Mann said. “Pitched well and the bats came alive.”
The Lady Toppers entered the week at 2-1 in division, taking their only loss to the Lady Whippets they are scheduled to play Thursday.
“Tough week this week,” Mann said. “We travel to West Lauderdale Tuesday and host Kosy Thursday. We also travel to Itawamba Friday. You won’t find three tougher games in any team’s weekly schedule. All three of those teams are good ones.”