HOUSTON – The Lady Hilltoppers are always good, but they gave an indication of just how strong they can be with a 13-0 victory over Vardaman last week.
The Toppers had 11 hits, including a triple and game ending home run, then played flawless defense that saw no Vardaman baserunner advance beyond second.
“I thought we played very good defense and that’s what I told the team after the game,” said Houston softball coach Jeffrey Mann. “We got a lot of doubles in the third inning and sort of sealed the game.”
Houston batters got four doubles in the third, plus two singles.
Vardaman saw Johnna Landreth, Stacie Hames, Nora Parker and Jaquita Hatchet all belt singles and Alexis Havens get a right-field line double. Freshman pitcher Megan Havens went three innings in the five-inning tilt and gave up hits before handing the ball to Jessica Rogers who closed.
Houston saw Madeline Burdine hit two singles and walk to reach base all three times up. Doubles were whacked by Talaja Echols, Quaneisha Pratt, Aquanna Brownlee and Lexie Doss had two doubles that scored two. Mary Kansas Sullivan had a single and Brownlee had a triple in the first inning that scored two and set the table for Houston.
Pinch hitter Leslie Stantz came to the plate in the fourth inning and smashed a home run over the left field fence. Stantz also pitched relief. Scarlett Doss was credited with the win and went three innings giving up three hits, walking one and striking out one.
The Lady Toppers take on South Pontotoc at home Thursday afternoon, catch Labor Day weekend break and play a double-header at North Pontotoc Sept. 2.