The Lady Hilltoppers fell at the hands of Kosciusko in their first outing this season, but turned the tables on the Lady Whippets when they came to town April 3.
The Houston girls shut down the Lady Whippets at the plate with Taylor Lancaster getting the win, but it took a little time to get their own bats warm.
When they did, it paid off big.
Lancaster doubled in the bottom of the second with two outs and Quaneshia Pratt ripped one up the third base line to score her and put the Lady Toppers on the board.
The fifth was a big inning for the Houston girls as Chelsea Gates got a safe bunt to first and Alexis McShan moved her over with a single helped out by a Kosy error. Mary Kansas Sullivan plated Gates with a single past shortstop and Talaja Echoles smiled all the way around the bases with a three RBI homer over the centerfield fence. The Lady Toppers closed the inning with a 5-0 lead and held it for a 9-2 district win.
Pratt went 2-3 at the plate while Lancaster, Echoles and Sullivan all hit 2-4.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Toppers took a 4-7 loss to West Lauderdale after leading through the seventh.
“We lost a heartbreaker on a walk-off grandslam,” said coach Jeffery Mann.
The Lady Toppers closed the week at 11-6, 3-2 with plenty of softball still to come.
The Houston girls will face Noxubee County for the first time this season in a game set for April 8 and will see West Lauderdale again April 15. They will try to repeat their first game wins over Leake Central April 10 and Caledonia April 17 and will close division hosting Noxubee April 22.
“We have to finish out strong and try to lock up a good playoff spot,” Mann said. “Our win against Kosciusko gives us a good chance to do that. We just have to take care of business.”web soft hst1 Talaja Echoles wears a three RBI, home run smile as she rounds third March 3. Chelsea Gates beat the thrown to home for a run.