Lady Tide Wins South State; Sweeps Moss Point 7-5; 12-5
by Carey Meitzler
Cassie Rabion hit a two run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to break a 5-5 tie
to give Picayune Game 1 by a score of 7-5 over Moss Point before a jam packed, fired-up
home crowd of the Maroon Tide Nation. The Tide captured the second game 12-5 to earn
a place in Saturday's State Championship best of 3 series in Jackson.
Coach Kristi Mitchell (center) instructs her team as Assistant Coach
Jason Childs looks on in Game 1 of South State
Rabion's homer came after she had apparently reached first on an error by the Moss Point
pitcher attempting to catch a fly ball in front of home plate. At first, the home plate umpire ruled
her safe after the ball was touched and rolled into foul territory. After a brief discussion with
the base umpires, Rabion was sent back to the batter's box to continue her at-bat. Two pitches
later, she launched her game winner with Amanda Feeley, who singled to lead off the inning,
on first base.
Cassie Rabion watches her game winning home run in Game 1 of South State.
In Game 2, Picayune was the visiting team and wasted no time as they scored 3 times in the
top of the first inning. A two run home run from Amanda Feeley with Krystal aboard and a solo
shot by Breonne Spikes put the Tide up 3-0. Moss Point got two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Picayune got a single run in the top of the 3rd when Deawn Breland, courtesy runner for Rabion
who singled off the top of the centerfield fence, scored on a Spikes triple to make it 4-2.
The Lady Tide blew it open in the top of the 4th scoring seven runs to take an 11-2 lead. With
one out, Allison "Dink" Bynum Tara Dunn singled just inside the bag at third. Hope Guidry
followed with a pinch hit single and both runners advanced to second and third on an overthrow
on the play. Tara Dunn singled to right field to score Bynum. Courtney Dickens singled to plate
Guidry and Krystal Penton doubled to push across Dunn. Amanda "Load" Feeley reached on
an error, with Dickens scoring on the play. Rabion doubled to push across Penton. Spikes
then doubled to bring home Breland (courtesy runner for Rabion) and Feeley.
Krystal Penton unloads on a pitch in Game 1 of the Tide's dramatic 7-5 win.
Moss Point scored three runs in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to 11-5. Picayune
added an insurance run in the 6th inning when Spikes singled home Krystal Penton who
reached on a fielder's choice.
After being drenched with the ceremonial cooler of ice water, Coach Kristi Mitchell was
elated about her team's performance.
"I could not be more proud of these young ladies then I am at this very moment. What an
exciting time for Picayune and especially Lady Tide Softball. This is a hard working team
and the South State Championship is well deserved. "
But she conceded, she doesn't think they are done yet.
"We still have a taste in our mouth for two more wins and there is still much work to be
done before Saturday. This is a very sweet victory especially because of all the ruckus
that went on about the field dimensions. I am just so proud of Coach Jason (Childs) and
the girls and all the hard work that is being rewarded."
The Tide will play the winner of the North 5A (Grenada or Tupelo) at the VA fields.