Jacksonville posted a 4-2 record in the Lady Dragon-Lady Devil Tournament over the weekend, picking up wins over Timpson (9-4), state-ranked Alto (3-2), Corrigan-Camden (9-4) and Pineland West Sabine (6-2).
The Maidens' losses came to Pollok Central (15-0) and to Center's Lady Riders (8-5).
Jacksonville head coach Amber Danner-Kirk acknowledged the play of TaSheena Canady and La'Dashia Canady.
TaSheena Canady homered in the loss to Center and drilled an inside-the-park round tripper in the game against West Sabine.
Also in the West Sabine game, La'Dashia Canady lifted an over-the-wall home run.
Lady Tigers find going tough in Ark-La-Tex Elite Tournament
MARSHALL — Forced to play on Friday and saturday without star pitcher Josee Ross, who was unavailable due to injury, the Troup Lady Tigers (2-6) posted a 1-5 record in the Ark-La-Tex Elite Tournament, hosted by Marshall High School. Troup fell to Atlanta, 6-0, in its opener on Thursday morning.
Immediately after that game, the Lady Tigers took on New Boston and after three innings of the international tie breaker rule being into effect, the Lady Lions were finally able to put away the Lady Tigers, 12-9.
On Friday, Troup lost to host Marshall (12-0) and to Waskom (12-3).
District-rival Harmony silenced the Lady Tigers on Saturday, winning 13-2, but the Lady Tigers refused to give up and posted a 4-2 win over Quitman to wrap things up in the tourney.
Lee Ann Lloyd and Bethany Mason were forced into pitching duty with Ross being unable to go.
Mason, a senior, fanned six in the win over Quitman, while giving up just two earned runs.
Caitlin Tomlin went 2 for 4 at the plate in the Quitman game, with both of her safeties being two-run home runs over the centerfield wall.
“All-in-all, I'm proud of the way our girls played,” Troup head coach, Sam Weeks, said. “They were faced with a challenge that nobody was planning for and they finally overcame that and played together as a team.”
Alto collects wins over West Sabine, Timpson, Center
NACOGDOCHES — After a 3-2 loss to Class 4-A Jacksonville, Alto bounced back Friday and whipped Pineland West Sabine, 10-1, in the Lady Dragon-Lady Devil Tournament at Coy Simms Park in Nacogdoches.
Alyssa Duplichain garnered a pair of extra-base hits for the winners, including a triple that drove in a run in the lead-off frame.
Alexa Russo and Pan Arroyo also hit well for the Lady Jackets.
Madison Crisp tossed a one-hit gen at the lady Tigers. She struck out eight and walked just one batter in three innings of work in the circle.
In Alto's rout of Timpson, Hannah Watson went 3 for 3 to spark the Lady Jackets.
Duplichain got the start in the circle and hurled three scoreless frames. She didn't permit a single hit, struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
Duplichain's two-run homer in the fifth inning, coupled with a solo-shot off the bat of Arroyo, paved the way for Alto's victory over Center.
Crisp picked up the pitching win, allowing just two hits and a single earned run. She rang up seven Lady Riders and didn't walk a batter in three innings of work.
Dariyana Moore had a nice RBI-single that drove in Jakamri Green in the second inning.