Lady Mavs now 6-0 in district after defeating St. Joe

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The Manchester Academy girls softball team is now 15-2 for their overall season, and stand undefeated in district with a 6-0 record.

The Lady Mavericks achieved their most recent victory after shutting down Greenville St. Joe 16-2 in four innings on Monday night.

Manchester's Coach Robert Black said that the Lady Mavericks were consistent in bringing home 4 runs every inning, while St. Joe was only able to bring home 2 runs in the first and third innings thanks to excellent pitching from Addison Ritchie and the Lady Maverick defense.

"Addison allowed only 2 hits and improved her varsity record to 4-0," he said. "Addison is also undefeated in JV games with a 9-0 record."

Black said that on offense, Manchester pounded out 17 hits in this game, led by Lizzy Carpenter with 4 hits, which included one double and two triples for the Lady Mavericks.

Sydney Porter and Anna Kate Griffin also had a great game with 3 hits each.

Lizzy Carpenter tallied up 3 RBIs in this game, while Sydney Porter, Lanie Potter, Thea Trammell, and Anna Kate Griffin each had 2 a piece. Maci Lowery, Angel Rae Carpenter, and Presley Trammell also contributed to the score by adding 1 RBI each.

"I was pleased with our effort," Black said. "The girls were very business-like in their defeat of St. Joe.  With a very important series against Porters Chapel coming up, it would have been easy to look forward and lose focus."

Black said that the last two games of the regular season are against Porters Chapel, which will determine the district championship.  Manchester will host Porter's Chapel on Monday, September 16, and will then travel to Vicksburg to face the Lady Eagles in a final regular season game on Tuesday, September 17.

"Porters Chapel is a very good team with an outstanding pitcher that throws hard," Black said. "She will probably be the fastest pitcher we will see this year.  We will need to prepare for her speed and find a way to put the ball in play."